Waiting For The Sea

Waiting For The Sea

Drama, Germansy/ Russia/ France/ Belgium, 2012
35mm / colour / Dolby digital / 109 min
original language: russian
German release: 11.12.2014

Eine deutsch-russische-französische-belgische Koproduktion zwischen:
PALLAS FILM, VISS, Endtre Chien Et Loup, Silkroad Production

in co-production with:
ZDF / Arte, JSC Kazakhfilm

supported by:
MDM-Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Eurimages, Creative Europe

Distribution: Pallas Film

World sales: The Match Factory

Author: Sergej Ashjenasy

Director: Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov

Producer: Thanassis Karathanos, Karl Baumgartner, Oleg Ogronski, Bakhtiar Khudohnazarov

After years away, Captain Marat returns home carrying a great burden deep in his soul. The whole village condemns him since he was the sole survivor of a deadly storm that sank his ship and took the lives of all its passengers, including Marat’s wife. Although the sea has now mysteriously dried up, the sadness and bitterness of Captain Marat’s ship remains. Marat is obsessed by the idea of making the sea return and thus, in a way, bringing back the villagers’ loved ones lost at sea. He desperately tries to find a way to drag his wrecked ship across the dry wasteland in search of the sea. Almost everyone believes that Marat is crazy, except for his close friend Balthazar and Tamara, the younger sister of Marat’s deceased wife. Tamara is deeply in love with Marat, but he rejects her because his mission is a solitary one.
Marat’s quest for redemption is a testament to man’s ability to resist surrendering to the tragedy of life. With a stroke of magic, his bittersweet dream may come true.


Actor / Actress: Role:
Egor Beroev Marat
Anastasia Mikulchina Tamara / Dari
Detlev Buck Balthazar
Dinmukhamet Akhimov Tamara’s Vater
Radzhab-Ali Guseynov Marduni
Pavel Priluchnyi Ysan
Daulet Kekelbayev Kvidak
Alexander Rabotyaga Blonde


Director: Bakhtiar Khudoijnazarov

Screenplay: Sergej Ashkenazy

Directors of Photography: Jan Vancaillie, Dusan Joksimovic, Rifkat Ibragimov

Production Designers: Nigmat Djuraev, Agi Dawaachu

Costume Designers: Zebo Nasirova, Nina Dobrina

Editors: Salome Machaidze, Danielius Kokanauskis

Music: Shuhei Kamimura


International Film Festival of Rome, 2012
Bernn Cinema, 2013
Shanghai IFF, 2013
Lake Como FF, 2013
Patmos IFF, 2013
Eurasia FF, 2013
Mostra de Sao Paulo, 2013
IFFI, Goa, 2013
11th Chennai IFF, 2013
Bengaluru IFF, 2014