The film follows future naval officers at the Royal Netherlands Naval College during their first military initiation on the island of Texel, and on their first trip on a naval vessel in the Baltic Sea, where they learn the ropes on board as a lower class seaman. These youngsters choose a life that will not be easy. What does this tell us about them, and furthermore about the time we are living in?
80’ / DCP / colour
Original title: ADELBORSTEN
Dir: Walter Stokman
Prod: IJswater Films (NL)
Co-prod: BNN (NL)
Sc: Walter Stokman
D.O.P.: Jacko van ’t Hof, Myrthe Mosterman
Completed: mid 2014
Language: Dutch (English subtitles)
a.o. DIRTY WINDOW (2012, doc), SCENA DEL CRIMINI (2010, doc) Award: Special Mention Art Competition Grand Prix Docudays Kiev, LIKE AN ANIMAL (2009, short doc), RAIN BEHIND YOUR EYES (2008, short doc), THE WEST LUSAKA MAN (2006, doc), BASED ON A TRUE STORY (2005, doc) Award: Grand Jury Award Seattle FF, ARTEK, THE IDEAL SUMMER CAMP (2003, short doc).
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