My father was an independent skipper and I grew up in the “sea men's world”.
I wanted to direct a movie where the sea is more than a "shooting set", but is a natural, impressive and powerful world as I know it. As a sea man you must respect the sea in order to survive. Every time you sail you are aware that you might not come back to port. The sea is always changing, never the same, it's unpredictable – like life.
I was interested to set up Maya's journey in this cruel but yet natural world. She is a stubborn teenager, trying to go beyond what is possible, challenging herself and others about what she can achieve or not. She learns in her own particular way that nature is stronger than her, but also, that she is a part of this magnificent nature.
In order to be close to Maya and to the sea, the movie is filmed in a documentary style, authentic as possible. The suffocating space and closed frames reflect the smallness of the man in the sea world but also the emotional state of Maya in the film. Only at the end of her journey, she is able to see life as it is, and herself a part of it.