Hänsel captures the loss of innocence in Black Ocean - Venice days 2010

Article published on Sept. 6, 2010
Article published on Sept. 6, 2010
Director-producer-writer-actress Marion Hänsel chose a classic approach for her latest film, Black Ocean, about French naval soldiers aboard a ship conducting nuclear testing in the Pacific in 1972.
A political film at heart, its strength lies in the fact that Hänsel sidesteps rhetoric to instead tell an intimate story about a rite of passage, during a little-known period of recent French history.

The film had its world premiere in Venice Days on Saturday.

Black Ocean is based on two autobiographical short stories by Hubert Mingarelli. Hansel says she was drawn to his writing for the sensitivity “with which he describes these young men’s fragility at the end of adolescence and beginning of adulthood – all against the era of nuclear testing that is only being discussed openly in France.”

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