The film tells the story about a man, whose disease took away his self-determination, reputation and social support. His tendency to get lost in memories of his past, leads him to a momentous decision.
This project was developed upon the request to inform and enlighten as many people as possible about psychological and somatic diseases (e. g. the Korsakoff`s syndrome) and create understanding for those affected and their relatives.
Information about the disease is wrapped in a dramatic, touching story.
I want to make movies about human beings, who were usually disregarded and be dropped by our fast-paced and profit-oriented society. Awareness and altruism got rare.
For me personally, as being a filmmaker on the one hand and a psychology student on the other, it is very important to show that psychiatric and somatic diseases are not things we should be mute about, in fear of confessing weakness. Often it`s missing knowledge, that produces prejudices.
I first heard in a lecture in 2016 about the Korsakoff`s syndrome. Especially the patient`s tendency to confabulate (= replacing missing memories with fictitious memory contents) kept my interest. While doing some online research, I found a lot of posts from relatives of affected people. A high risk of developing Korsakoff`s syndrome is being an alcoholic. This is also the main difference from other forms of dementia and a reason for some people to blame those affected to be responsible for their own fate. It made me really sad to read all this negative comments and the relative`s wish for an unprejudiced treatment for their family members.
To try to give an insight in the thought of a person affected and also to show how such a disease can affect a whole family, I started writing the script of „Sea at Night“ (Meer bei Nacht) in the winter of 2016. To my luck, I got support from other regional filmmakers right from the beginning of this project. What began as some self-written pages and a wish of bringing it to screen one day, ended up a production with over 30 ambitious people involved and supported by regional fundings, associations and companies. A nice side effect is that this consolidation resulted into friendships and the collective hope of helping people and creating something big.
– Kim Fabienne Hertinger