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ZEDNA, GODDESS OF THE SEA

Mikisoq Hove Lynge, Wiebe van der Vliet, David Adler / Greenland, Denmark, The Netherlands / 2023

When the hunting animals are scarce, and the catch is not enough to feed the tribe, a young shaman sets out on a spiritual journey to the moon and the bottom of the ocean to find out why.

This VR film production combines fiction and documentary to explore how ancient myths can inspire us to act and solve the impending ecological crises. More than half of the world’s population lives in an urban environment, and we have lost touch with Nature itself and, therefore, the needs of our planet. Accompanied by contemporary Inuit chanting, drum, and singing, a young shaman sets out on an immersive journey through time and space in search of reinforcing his connection to nature. On his quest, he meets the great hunter on the moon. He watches an Earth rise and encounters lost spirits of hunted animals in the Northern Lights. In the deepest waters of the ocean, he learns of the tragic legend of Zedna and why there are no animals to hunt anymore.

Mikisoq Hove Lynge

Director

Biography:

Lynge has been making films in and about Greenland for 15 years. He produced the first feature film from Greenland “Nuummioq” in 2009 and have since produced and directed several documentaries, short films, music videos and art films.

Wiebe van der Vliet

Idea and Manuscript

Biography:

Copenhagen-based Dutch film editor. Since his graduation from Filmschool in Amsterdam, Wiebe has worked on award-winning Dutch/Danish and international fiction and documentary productions. Wiebe taught editing/color grading and worked as a post-production consultant around the world.

David Adler

Producer

Biography:

Graduated as animation director from the National Film School of Denmark in 2014. Adler won the animation prize at Odense International Film Festival with his graduate short ‘No Man’s Land’ (2014). Since then, he has directed a number of VR projects, including ‘Taste of Hunger’ (2020), the companion piece to Christoffer Boe’s feature film of the same name, and ‘End of Night’ (2021). Both projects were selected for competition in the VR section at Venice Film Festival. ‘End of Night’ won the prize for best VR story.