28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The White Beach
The White Beach
The White Beach
The White Beach

The White Beach

director: Sebastian Mez
original title: La Spiaggia Bianca
country: Germany
year: 2020
running time: 15 min.


At first calm, even dreamy, the film takes the viewer into the quiet of the seaside and undersea landscape somewhere in Italy. They are soon shaken awake from these blissful images by footage of traces of today's global industrial world, as an increasing part of the sea is polluted by wastewater from factories, destroying the natural beauty.

"By chance I discovered this place, which holds an incomprehensible paradox. As if the beauty of the place blinds everyone, no one can see the obvious pollution of it. Or was it just a dream?" S. Mez


Sebastian Mez is a filmmaker, video- and soundartist. He studied at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany specializing in film directing. His experimental film Clean Up (2008) was shown at more than 40 international film festivals and won several prizes. ’Ein Brief aus Deutschland’, which takes a special approach to the subject of modern slavery and prostitution in Europe, won the international middle length competition at Visions du Réel in Nyon in 2011. ‘Metamorphosen‘ was his first feature-length film, which premiered at the Berlinale 2013, followed by numerous festivals and awards worldwide. His experimental work 'Substanz' was nominated for the Filmkunstförderpreis of the National Gallery in Berlin 2015. Sebastian lives and works in Berlin. Ji.hlava IDFF has presented his films Clean Up (2008) and A Letter From Germany (2001), which competed in the Opus Bonum section.

more about film

director: Sebastian Mez
cast: Giulia Lancellotti
producer: Sebastian Mez, Maximilian Haslberger
photography: Sebastian Mez, Giulia Lancellotti
sound design: Sebastian Mez
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