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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Bojo Beach
Bojo Beach

Bojo Beach

director: Elke Groen
original title: Bojo Beach
country: Austria
year: 2017
running time: 25 min.


Regular rushes of waves wash the Ghanaian coast, and a group of fishermen pulls their catch from the sea as they do every day. This short film depicts the labours of local fishermen in several chapters. Almost aescetically static cinematography and minimal editing during the fishermen’s work set it off from anything that could happen on the beach that day. Thanks to the slow pace, unintentional abstract compositions of the fishing nets end up in the picture, or a lonely mountain is traced in the background. The film’s atmosphere isn’t determined by people but rather by the rhythm of the sea, the colour of the sky, and the structure of the sand on Bojo Beach.

"The idea of being sat on the beach is always one of soaking up the atmosphere, breathing in the air, being contemplative, just watching things, just letting them happen. All this in a globalized world" E. Groen


Austrian director and editor Elke Groen (1969) studied photography and architecture in Vienna, and in 2005 she founded her own production company. Her creative style is characterized primarily by experimental approaches and classical avantgarde, which is evident in her film NightStill, which won the award for Best Experimental Documentary Film at the 2008 Ji.hlava IDFF.

more about film

director: Elke Groen
producer: groen.film, Amour Fou
script: Elke Groen, Ina Ivanceanu
photography: Elke Groen
editing: Emily Artmann
sound: Ina Ivanceanu
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