ONCE THERE WAS A SEA...
POLISH TITLE: BYŁO SOBIE MORZE...
Once upon a time there was a sea… Aral Sea. The sea that has vanished. And along with the sea, seaside life and work disappeared. Only the dead desert terrain remained here, and wrecks of huge fishing boats lying in the sand... and people who have been living on the shores of the dry port for years, dreaming of high water and longing to sail at least once again. Once There Was a Sea... is a film about consequences of human decisions and actions, how they can affect daily life of one Uzbek town and its inhabitants. As the reporter Ryszard Kapuściński states it: "There is no such a nonsense human mind could not invent."
- documentary / animation
- Poland, Slovakia
- RUNNING TIME:
- Joanna Kożuch
- Joanna Kożuch, Katarína Moláková
- Marek Šulík
- Martin Hasák
- Dušan Kozák
- Marek Jasaň, Joanna Kożuch, Michaela Mašáňová, Agata Mikina, Jolanta Dudzińska, Matej Babic, Michalina Musialik, Justyna Pazdan, Janusz Martyn
- Peter Badač, Joanna Wendorff – Østergaard
Joanna Kożuch »
Graduated at Academy of Fine Arts (University of Arts) in Poznan and University of Silesia in Katowice. She is a teacher on Animation department at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where she finished her PhD.
Her filmography includes: Game (2004), Fongopolis (2014, awarded by Slovak national film award for The Best Animation), 39 Weeks, 6 Days (2017), Music Box (2019, which was
created as part of the Happiness Machine project). Now she has releasesd next short animated documentary "Once There Was a Sea... "
- 44th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France, 2022 (Student Prize)
- Sediciocorto International Film Festival, 2022, Italy, 2022 (Animalab Award)
- Biennial of Animation Bratislava (BAB), 2022, Slovakia, 2022 (St. Vojtech Prize)
- 17th Animest – Bucharest International Animation Film Festival, Romania, 2022 (competition)
- 48th EKOFILM International Environmental Film Festival, 2022, Czech Republic, 2022 (Best Short Film)
- 13th DOC NYC New York's Documentary Festival, USA, 2022 (competition)
- Etiuda&Anima, 2022, Poland, 2022 (competition)
- 22nd MONSTRA - Lisboa Animation Festival, Portugal, 2023 (competition)
- 14th Roanne Animation Short Film Festival – Ciné court animé, France, 2023 (competition)