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It’s the year 2031, times of COVID-94. For unknown reasons, European seas are drying out. Filip Nowak, the Polish filmmaker, contacted a group of independent sea researchers located in The Netherlands. He decided to make a documentary film about them. This is the footage that was found.

The story was inspired by Frisian folklore including the witch Rixt van Oerd as central character of the film. Muszyński portrays the Frisian Wadden landscape in a unique way, as a backdrop for a dystopian vision of the future. Current topics, including plastic pollution and the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis, have been incorporated into the b-horror esthetic movie with a lot of humor.

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    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, B-Movie, Mocumentary
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,800 EUR
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  • Language:
    Dutch, English, Polish
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Director Biography

Horacy Muszyński has graduated in Experimental Film from the Faculty of Painting and New Media of the Academy of Art in Szczecin. He is currently participating in the postgraduate programme of De Ateliers, an art institution in Amsterdam.

Winner of many prizes, including the first prize in the 6th Best Media Arts Graduation Projects Competition organised by the WRO Art Centre, the second prize in the Project Room series in 2019, the first prize at the Hestia Artistic Journey 2017, Grand Prix at the Kocham Dziwne Kino festival and a prize at the Young Wolves 16 festival.

His films have been shown at festivals such as the 68th Cannes Film Festival (2015), Film Polska Berlin (2016), Szczecin European Film Festival (2016), Krakow Film Festival (2017), Survival Art Review (2019).

He works at the intersection of film and art, often introducing elements of humour and performance, e.g. in the film Dolly, the actors playing the family were supposed to behave like one also outside the set. In ID, Muszyński hired an actor who replaced him in real life for a week.

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