Filmfest 2017

German Age Rating

Surfing usually stands for life and freedom. Sometimes the opposite: In the light of dawn, three young surfers head for the ocean. Surf's up! Stormy swells promise powerful breakers. A few hourse later, one of them, Simon, is just an empty shell being kept alive by machines. At the same time, a woman waits for the organ donor that will save her life. In moving, sensitive images, crosscutting adrenaline-laden sports photography with the lifeless body in the ICU, director Katell Quillévéré examines the difficult question of how the living should deal with the dead. Based on the novel by Maylis de Kerangal.

tags: Nature, Feature film, Sports, Grief/Trauma

Cast: Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Alice Taglioni


Screenplay: Katell Quillévéré, Gilles Taurand

Original Material: Maylis De Kerangal

Director of Photography: Tom Harari

Film Editor: Thomas Marchand

Composer: Alexandre Desplat

Production Designer: Auguste Diaz, Marcello Esposito, Thomas Stuck

Costume Design: Isabelle Pannetier

Sound: Florent Klockenbring, Benjamin Rosier, Emmanuel Croset

Producer: Philippe Martin, Justin Taurand, David Thion

Production Company: Les Films du Bélier

Co-Producer: Jean-Yves Roubin, Cassandre Warnauts

Distributor: Wild Bunch Germany

Director: Katell Quillévéré


Katell Quillévéré was born on the Ivory Coast before she and her parents moved back to France. After her bachelor's degree, she studied Philosophy and shot short film A BRAS LE CORPS (2005) , which won the Prix Gras Savoye at the Director's Fortnight in Cannes. She shot two more shorts before her feature film debut with UN POISON VIOLENT (2010) and SUZANNE (2013), which opened the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. Adèle Haenel also won the César as best supporting actress.