ATLANTIC. tells the story of Fettah, a young man who lives in a Moroccan coastal village where every summer, loads of hip and beautiful Europeans come to windsurf and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle. Fettah is one of the locals who helps them and looks after their needs. During one particularly memorable summer, Fettah befriends Alexandra (Thekla Reuten), a beautiful European woman. When she leaves to go back home, his little village becomes like a prison to him and he decides to embark on a treacherous and solitary windsurfing voyage to Europe. Every wave, every turn, every day on this epic and life-altering journey brings Fettah new dangers as he tries to chart a new horizon for himself.
- "A sensitive and lyrical look at a Moroccan windsurfer who falls in love with long distances."
- "In the visually stunning Atlantic, the ocean is frame, medium and subject. It is also the barrier to a Moroccan windsurfer who seeks a life beyond his impoverished village. Jan-Willem van Ewijk’s hybrid feature in documentary style is a radiant essay and a reality check on the relative experiences of beauty."
- "Jan-Willem van Ewijk has produced an extremely pure cinematic experience with his second feature, Atlantic., which mixes sports film and classical epic to extraordinary effect."
Awards & Recognition
Nederlands Film Festival
Haifa Int'l. Film Festival
Toronto Int'l. Film Festival
Busan Int'l. Film Festival
Int'l. Film Festival Rotterdam
Seattle Int'l. Film Festival