“There Was a Sea” is the BNP Paribas Green Film Festival’s Best Animated Feature. The production was directed by Joanna Koch. “For me, it is the story of a lost generation, people who lost the sea, and this is what they loved” – admitted the creator.
The animated film “There Was a Sea”, which was awarded during this year, tells and is already the fifth edition of the BNP Paribas Green Film Festival The history of the city of Moynuk in Uzbekistan, which suffered one of the greatest disasters in human history.
“The dryness of the Aral Sea is driving away the inhabitants of the former coastal city and enticing dreams of the former fishing power and the return of the great waters” – this is how its creators described the production.
Animation director Joanna Koch admitted that she came up with the idea for the movie by chance.
It was 15 years ago, when I first read “Imperium” by Ryszard Kapuściński. There is one part dedicated to the Aral Sea. Then I checked what it really looks like. I saw Huge boats scattered in the desert sand. I really like to travel, so I went there – said Joanna Kożuch.
I was going on vacation and definitely promised I had a theme for a movie. I met people suffering from the consequences of this ecological catastrophe, these bad and often stupid political decisions, and only then did I start to get interested in this topic in theory – what happened there and how did it happen? – She added.
The screenwriter admitted that it was her “There Was a Sea” is the story of a lost generation. These are the people who lost their lives – the sea, the work, what they loved and had to start over – Joanna Koch said. Lauren from BNP Paribas Green Film Festival admitted that she has been working on animation for many years.
The idea of the film and the first text is a short story 2008-2009 We wrote the script for 2 years, then verified for 3 years. Work was every day – from morning to evening. Animation is a patient art, a lonely business. It rarely develops quickly – Kożuch admitted.
BNP Paribas Green Film Festival is the largest festival showing in Poland Polish and world production in relation to current environmental problems.
This year, 801 films were submitted to the competition. In the end, they were qualified to compete 52 pcs.
This year’s edition is to pay special attention to the mass extinction of species. As the organizers point out, “Today we are losing many creatures that walk, float and fly 100 times faster than they normally would.”
More information can be found on the website: www.greenfestival.pl
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