Diagonale
Festival of Austrian Film
March 19–24, 2019, Graz

Film Program | Timetable | Directors


Saturday, 23.03.
18:00, KIZ Royal
Sunday, 24.03.
17:00, UCI Annenhof Saal 6

Sea of Shadows

Documentary Film, AT 2019, 104 min, OmeU

A visually stunning thriller taking place in the sea of Cortez, Mexico. The Totoaba fish’s air bladder is wanted of superstitious belief among some in China, leading to a flourishing mafia-based trade in the “cocaine of the sea.” Also the Vaquita, a rare species of whale, falls prey to illegal fishing. Sea of Shadows accompanies activists who with resolute courage and under extreme danger to their own lives, attempt to save the animals from extinction. A dramatic race in the “world’s aquarium” (Jacques Cousteau)—against time and organized crime. 

Director: Richard Ladkani
Script: n/a
Camera: Richard Ladkani
Editor: Georg Michael Fischer, Verena Schönauer
Location Sound: Roland Winkler
Music: H. Scott Salinas
Sounddesign: Michael Plöderl, Bernhard Zorzi
Additional Credits: Produktion: Eine Terra Mater Factual Studios Produktion in Zusammenarbeit mit Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wildlens Collective Featuring: (in order of appearance) Jack Hutton Carlos Loret de Mola Andrea Crosta Javier & Alan Valverde Dr. Cynthia Smith Produced by: Walter Köhler and Wolfgang Knöpfler Second Camera: Tobias Corts Production Manager: Anita Ladkani Field Producer: Ru Mahoney Junior Producer: Sarah Nörenberg Associate Producers: Matthew Podolsky, Sean Bogle Executive Producers: Leonardo Di Caprio, Jennifer Davisson, Phillip Watson. Scott Z. Burns Executive Producers:Dinah Czezik-Müller, Michael Frenschkowski Executive Producers: Laura Nix, Rebecca Cammisa
Producers: Walter Köhler, Wolfgang Knöpfler
Production: Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH
Co-production: Appian Way (US) Malaika Pictures The Wildlens Collective (US)