The Man Who Looked Beyond The Horizon

A Film by Martijn Blekendaal

Synopsis

More than 40 years ago, Bas Jan Ader decided to go on an adventure. In a tiny sailing boat, the Dutchman set sail across the ocean. Nine months later the boat was found adrift at sea. There was no sign of Ader. It’s a story that has always fascinated filmmaker Martijn Blekendaal, not just because of the disappearance itself, but also because of the entire mystery that surrounds it. Blekendaal embarks on an investigation that follows his footsteps to Hollywood. It turns out that, in order to understand what drove this man to his fateful voyage, the filmmaker has to overcome his fear of looking beyond his own horizon. In a whirlwind montage of images jumping from one time, place and person to another, Blekendaal shows us that Bas Jan left behind something more special than just a mystery.

Director

  • Picture of Martijn Blekendaal © Martijn Blekendaal

    Martijn Blekendaal

    Martijn Blekendaal was born in Amsterdam. He studied History and Art History at the University of Amsterdam. After that he worked for several Dutch broadcasters (NTR, VPRO, VARA) as a director and researcher. In 2009 he won the IDFA Mediafundprice documentary.

Awards + Festivals

  • *IDFA SPECIAL AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN'S DOCUMENTARY*
    IDFA (Official Selection, World Premiere, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) November 16, 2018
  • *WINNER: BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY BY THE CHILDREN'S JURY*
    JEF FESTIVAL (Official Selection, International Premiere, Antwerpen and Brugge, Belgium) March 7, 2019
  • THESSALONIKI INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Program, Greek Premiere, Thessaloniki, Greece)March 8, 2019
  • NEW YORK INT'L CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL (Program, North America Premiere, New York, USA)March 10, 2019
  • 3rd THE BUDDHA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 9, 2019
  • 5th SYROS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hermoupolis, Greece)July 14, 2019
  • *JURY AWARD*
    5th DOQUMENTA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Querétaro, Mexico)August 16, 2019
  • 2nd LEBANESE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beirut, Lebanon)September 11, 2019
  • 5th FILMFEST BREMEN (Official Selection, Bremen, Germany)September 19, 2019
  • 17th TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Short/Documentary Film Competition, Tirana, Albania)September 23, 2019
  • 15th PARISCIENCE (Official Selection, Paris, France)October 14, 2019
  • 1st OFF CINEMA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Poznań, Poland)October 15, 2019
  • 12th SZCZECIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Szczecin, Poland)October 25, 2019
  • 3rd BLUE DANUBE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Budapest, Hungary)November 17, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
Martijn Blekendaal
Screenplay
Martijn Blekendaal
Producer
Willemijn Cerutti
Executive Producer
Vera Born
Director of Photography
Pim Hawinkels
Sound
Benny Jansen
Editor
Finbarr Wilbrink
Sound Design
Hugo Dijkstal
Music
Sebastiaan Koolhoven

Details

Running Time
28:23 min
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo, 5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

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10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCER

Willemijn Cerutti

+31650208648
willemijn@ceruttifilm.nl
www.ceruttifilm.nl
www.facebook.com/ceruttifilm/