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90' FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

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TORN BETWEEN THE FREEDOM OF THE WAVES AND SOCIETAL CONSTRAINTS, THREE SURFERS FIND THEIR COMMON LANGUAGE IN NAVIGATING EUROPE'S TURBULENT WATERS. 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Shot over the course of 5 years, this feature documentary dives deep into the lives of three charismatic surfing protagonists along the European Atlantic coast, exploring the freedom Europe provides and the constraints society places upon them. The movie premiered at Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis in January 2024 and ist on a cinema tour across Europe.

"Surf on, Europe!" is a political surf documentary set along the Western European coast, addressing social and political challenges through the prism of surfing culture. It revolves around the lives of three surf enthusiasts, each facing their own struggles with European norms and ideals.

Majid, a kitesurfing instructor in Tarifa, Spain, longs for the reunion of his family who remain in Morocco due to visa constraints. While he revels in the freedom of the sea and the thrill of his sport, his world is confined by bureaucracy as he seeks to provide his children with the opportunities a European passport offers.

In Biarritz, France, Margaux is challenging gender stereotypes in the deeply entrenched heteronormative surf scene. Tired of enduring clichés, Margaux and her friends organize Europe's first LGBTQ-friendly surf festival to challenge the status quo. 

Further up north in Derry, Northern Ireland, Rosy escaped the turmoil of the Troubles through surfing. The surfboard shaper now grapples with the economic uncertainty caused by Brexit until he sees a chance to stabilize his business and escape lingering societal divisions.

“Surf on, Europe!” explores the promise of freedom in Europe and the enduring challenges that threaten it.

 

 

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Cinema Tour

DE | CH | AT | FR | NL | DK | IT | BE | ES | FI

25/26/27/28 Jan. - Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken
02.Mar - Bilbao Surf Film Festival
04.Mar - Köln, Cinenova
12.Mar - Zürich, Riffraff
12.Mar - Luzern, Bourbaki
13.Mar - Bern, Bubenberg
14.Mar - Jyväskylä, Aurora
18.Mar - Frankfurt, Harmonie
18.Mar - Köln, Cinenova
19.Mar - Wien, Filmcasino
20.Mar - München, Rio
20.Mar - Berlin, Babylon
20.Mar - Bochum, Metropolis
21.Mar - Innsbruck, Leokino
24.Mar - Gstaad, Ciné Theatre
31.Mar - Saas-Fee, Old Cinema
04.Apr - Kopenhagen, Grand Teatret
08.Apr - Den Haag, Filmhuis
09.Apr - Hamburg, Zeise
10.Apr - Flensburg, Volksbad
11.Apr - Kiel, Studio
15.Apr - Den Haag, Filmhuis
17.Apr - Berlin, Babylon Kreuzberg
22.Apr - München, Gasteig HP8
24.Apr - Böblingen, Bären
25.Apr - Böblingen, Bären
26.Apr - Kiel, CINEMARE

06.May - Frankfurt, Harmonie
09.May - Brest, BSFF
13.May - Hamburg, Zeise
22.May - München, Sendlinger Tor
23.May - Genf, Les Scala
01.Jun - Milano, SSFF

02.Jun - Breda, Filmhuis Breda
03.Jun - Valladolid
05.Jun - Breda
06.Jun - Valladolid
06.Jun - Berlin OPEN AIR
06.Jun - Leipzig OPEN AIR
07.Jun - Klitmøller
10.Jun - Valladolid
11.Jun - München OPEN AIR
11.Jun - Wien OPEN AIR
12.Jun - Köln OPEN AIR
13.Jun - Valladolid, Cines Broadway
17.Jun - Valladolid, Cines Manhattan
20.Jun - Valladolid, Cines Broadway
24.Jun - Valladolid, Cines Manhattan
27.Jun - Valladolid, Cines Broadway

04.Jul - Berlin, Brotfabrik
04.Jul - Hamburg, OPEN AIR
05.Jul - Berlin, Brotfabrik
07.Jul - Berlin, Brotfabrik
08.Jul - Berlin, Brotfabrik
09.Jul - Berlin, Brotfabrik
13.Jul - Berlin, Brotfabrik
14.Jul - Berlin, Brotfabrik
21.Jul - Düsseldorf OPEN AIR

More Dates and Tickets available at surfoneurope.com & surffilmnacht.de

Contact us for a screener or international distribution. 

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Surf on, Europe - A Promise of Freedom

A Feature Documentary

Language: English, French, Spanish, Arabic
Subtitles available: English, German, French, Italian, Dutch

Duration: 92min
Year of Production: 2024

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Production Company

VeyVey Films GmbH

Produced, Directed & Edited by

Constantin Gross & Lukas Steinbrecher

Broadcaster

WDR

Commissioning Editor

Jutta Krug

Cinema Tour 

Nouvague Events

Camera

Noah von Thun 

Additional Cinematography

Constantin Gross & Lukas Steinbrecher

Original Score

Steffen Lohrey

Mixing & Sounddesign

Steffen Lohrey

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