Two women spend a weekend in the North Sea. One of them will soon return to her family in Argentina, whereas the other one will try to come a step closer to the ocean. She will cross the Atlantic Ocean on a sailing vessel. Time leaves the beaten track and the swell lulls to deep sleep. The sea takes over the narration. When the other one reappears, the wind is still in her hair while the ground beneath her feet is solid. She returns and the other one could ask: 'Have you changed?'

'DRIFT is the story of a transformation. Halfway through the film, the texture of the sea itself takes over, and the film surrenders its narration to the matter...' 

—Birgit Glombitza 

Buoyed by Nika Son's remarkable sound design, which together with Helena Wittman's cinematography creates a sensorial experience of being at sea, unlike any you have previously experienced in the cinema, DRIFT's depth and dissonances multiply as you watch. 

About Helena Wittmann

Helena Wittmann was born in 1982 in Neuss, Germany. Originally studying Spanish and Media Studies in Erlangen and Hamburg, she went on to attend The Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK), where she graduated in 2014. Her works, including the short lms WILDNIS (2013) and 21,3°C (2014), were shown internationally in exhibitions and lm festivals. For her rst feature lm DRIFT, she collaborated closely with anthropologist Theresa George and musician Nika Breithaupt.

Selected filmography

ANTHONY MCCALL: CROSSING THE ELBE (2015), 21,3°C (2014), WILDNIS (2013), KREISEN (2010)