Private Project

sometimes the sea

In this coming-of-age story, we follow Dimitris, a young man who is about to leave the island for a mandatory military program. As the youngest of four brothers in a farming family with a strict work schedule, he navigates between familial expectations and preparing for his departure. Dimitris' internal struggle with his impending military service and the path that lies ahead is a common thread throughout the film, touching on themes of initiation, departure, rootedness, and finding one's voice.

  • Jil Lange
  • Voula Kopsini
  • Dimitris Aliberti
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2023
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  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Hfbk Hamburg
Director Biography - Jil Lange

Jil Lange, born in 1990, is a filmmaker and editor based in Berlin. She studied documentary filmmaking at the University of Fine Arts (Hfbk) in Hamburg from 2015 onwards, she deepened her interest in hybrid narrative forms. During her two-semester scholarship at the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague, she further expanded her artistic vision, resulting in her debut film "sometimes the sea."

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Director Statement

Sometimes the sea explores states of insecurities and in-betweenness, the fluid states of a teenager and not knowing what comes next. Boundaries between documentary and fiction collapse and point at the relationship between the young protagonist and the ominous outside world he is trying to grasp. The intention is to work together with Dimitris and his surroundings to create a hybrid fantasy of the Island and of himself in flux. I'm especially interested in the role that his surrounding is imposing on him and finding a way of reflecting on the construction of territorial belonging and identity.
There is no mode for Dimitris to communicate or to express his feelings about attending the military service and the next steps in his life. These questions of initiation, of departure, of family expectations, of rootedness, of finding one's own voice in a world that has no place for it, was my main motivation to tell this story.