[At the Wall of the Sea]

Dance for film - (4mins, 2020)
Directed and choreographed by Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern -

Is a duet that follows the inevitably intertwined rumblings of two humans. Set against the raw landscape of coarse cliffs and green-algae coated boulders at Pas-de-Calais, France, Au Mur de La Mer imagines regret as a frontier borrowed from our own future. The duo stumbles, soaked and soiled, through fading remnants of Hitler’s terrifying Atlantic Wall at Cap Gris-Nez. They pull and tear at one another, crudely easing the other’s fall and helping each other stand once more. Set to the natural soundscape of the cold ocean tide and howling autumn wind, and featuring the striking and solemn Astrid Sweeney and Jonas Vandekerckhove, Au Mur de La Mer leaves us with one eye full of sea water, the other eye full of sand.

  • Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern
    Director
  • Astrid Sweeney
    Key Cast
  • Jonas Vandekerckhove
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Au Mur de La Mer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 11, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Belgium
  • Country of Filming:
    France
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern

Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern is a Berlin-based freelance choreographer and director who emphasizes humanity in his work. Following a seven year tenure creating and performing in New York City with Pilobolus Dance Theatre, he moved to Belgium where he has spent four years as a lead performer and choreographic assistant of choreographer/director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Fitzgerald has contributed to more than 40 major productions across a wide range of platforms for movement including contemporary theatre, opera, concert dance, music videos and film. Shawn has been a creative contributor for three Grammy Award nominated dance films and an Academy Award winning motion picture. His independent films have been screened and awarded at festivals in North America, Europe, UK and Asia.

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