Martijn de Jong / NL, 2022 / 112 min.
A close-knit family is disrupted when the father fails to resurface during a professional dive. Preceded by Stand-By Me also by director Martijn de Jong, whose Narcosis is the Dutch Oscar submission.
No funeral, no farewell – just a house full of memories: a diving accident turns into an incomprehensible loss. Merel avoids her husband’s death and everything related to it. This leads to her young children becoming entangled in their search for answers, finally resulting in the family grinding to a halt. Merel has no option but to accept the loss of her husband in her own unique way so they can start a new life, together.
Before the screening of the main film, you will see Stand-By Me (2013, 8'). This short film by Martijn de Jong, also director of Narcosis, is about elderly Willem, who begins to behave increasingly strangely. His wife Johanna surrenders as best she can to Willem's whims, but actually wants him to sit next to her on the couch. Where does Willem's behavior suddenly come from? And most importantly, where is it going?