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As the Tide Comes In

As the Tide Comes In

Juan Palacios
Denmark
2023
89 min
World Premiere
International Competition
Synopsis

The 27 residents on the tiny Danish Wadden Sea island of Mandø are used to severe weather and flooding. But climate change and increasingly extreme weather now pose a serious threat to the eight-square-kilometer island. Its last farmer, Gregers, bravely faces the inevitable catastrophe. He refuses to build a life elsewhere and instead hopes to find a wife to manage the farm with him.

As a storm approaches, Gregers and his faithful dog inspect the decaying dykes that protect his beloved island. Meanwhile Mie celebrates her 100th birthday and Niels, an avid birdwatcher, laments the rare birds that don’t visit the island anymore. Tourists arrive in buses at low tide and hear from tour guide Preben how Mandø’s community was almost completely wiped out during a storm surge in 1634. Today, the current generation holds on steadfastly, despite the new threats from nature.

The portrait of this microcosm is accompanied by masterly shots of the distinctive landscape, shifting skies, and seas that change with the wind and tide. In a sense, the grim fate of these islanders, presented in drily comic situations, affects us all.

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Credits
89 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Danish
Director
    Juan Palacios
    Juan Palacios
Co-director
    Sofie Husum Johannesen
    Sofie Husum Johannesen
Production
    Kasper Lykke Schultz for Elk Film
    Kasper Lykke Schultz for Elk Film
Executive producer
    Andreas Dalsgaard for Elk Film
    Andreas Dalsgaard for Elk Film
Cinematography
    Juan Palacios
    Juan Palacios
Editing
    Nicolas Nørgaard Staffolani
    Nicolas Nørgaard Staffolani
Sound Design
    Peter Albrechtsen
    Peter Albrechtsen
Music
    Morten Svenstrup
    Morten Svenstrup
Involved TV Channel
    TV 2 Denmark
    TV 2 Denmark
World Sales
    Elk Film
    Elk Film
Screening copy
    Danish Film Institute
    Danish Film Institute

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