Length: 100 min
Language: Spanish, Basque
Subtitles: Spanish, English
Director: Aitor Merino
Scriptwriter: Ainhoa Andraka, Zuri Goikoetxea, Amaia Merino, Aitor Merino
Producers: Ainhoa Andraka, Zuri Goikoetxea, Cristina Hergueta
Cinematography: Aitor Merino
Camera: Aitor Merino
Sound: Aitor Merino
Editing: Ainhoa Andraka
Production: Doxa Producciones
Siblings Amaia and Aitor are close to turning fifty, do not have children, and since they were young they have lived away from their parents, Kontxi and Iñaki, who are now retired. One summer the four of them get together and go on a cruise called “Fantasia”. On the high seas time seems to stand still. But beyond the horizon, reality forges ahead relentlessly.
Aitor Merino has developed his career mainly as a film, theatre and television actor. His first short film as a director, "El pan nuestro" (2007), was awarded in numerous national and international festivals and nominated for the Goya Awards. His featurelength documentary "Asier eta biok" (Asier and me, 2014), co-directed with his sister Amaia Merino, was awarded, among others, with the Irizar Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Filmmaker Aitor Merino frequently films his family. His parents Kontxi and Iñaki, his sister Amaia and, also, himself. With a camera in his hand, he records snapshots of life around him, makes notes of a fragile diary that flies between improvisation and casualness, from arguments to humor, and vice versa. Wisps of fresh air from everyday life that convey the intensity of the people around him. Aitor’s family is direct, open, and if necessary, stark naked. A family of smiles and tears, of emotions on the surface, of a constant and fiery enthusiasm only comparable to his sincerity.
The director convinces his relatives to create a choral portrait. The four of them embark on a film and on a tourist ship, the name of which gives the film its title. On this trip the inheritances of the past emerge, the always complex relationships of the present, the looming future: old age, memory, death. Merino offers a documentary, a drama and a comedy all at the same time. A moving journey that runs through the journey of life, a Chaplinesque story without papier-mâché decorations, of souls who live passionately and, through them, make us feel at every moment that we are very much alive.
Miquel Martí Freixas
MajorDocs Programming Team