Beachcombers are people who search for treasures on shorelines. Ocean currents carry all sorts of stuff to the beaches. Some shores fill with lightbulbs, while others are taken over by lego blocks or ancient bones.
The film follows three beachcombers. Rob, who lives in Cornwall, cannot leave anything on the beach if he has touched it. He has become passionate about cleaning beaches. Rob sees himself as a citizen scientist and he collects objects in a sea container, full of finds from the shores. Yolanda, a Dutch archeologist, studies erosion of objects in order to understand what effect time has on them. Our life, filled with stuff, forms a visible archeological layer on Earth. Shige, a Japanese art teacher, is afraid of the ocean. He believes that the tideline is the border between life and death.
Through the objects found on the tideline, the film forms a picture of human kind. Stuff that we leave behind is retained by the sea, that spits them out, bringing messages from bygone times.
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A documentary film. Duration 56 minutes.
Director Anna Antsalo Director of Photography Anna Antsalo ja Susumu Miyazu Editing Okku Nuutilainen Assistant Editor Sabina Köteleki Sound Designer Tuomas Skopa Composer Tapani Rinne Sound Recorder Tuomas Onttonen, Justyna Feicht, Joona Jaakkola Graphics Anu Saari Impact Producer Sini Hormio Executive Producer Elli Toivoniemi Production Venla Hellstedt & Juha Löppönen / Tuffi Films
DocPoint, Official selection, 2021
Pitched at: Dok Leipzig Co-production forum 2018, Finnish Film Affair 2019