East Shore is a short documentary portrait of Marnix Verleene, a fisherman in Ostend.
The film takes place both ashore and at sea, and sketches an image of the Ostend East Shore fishing district through a poetic glance at Marnix’ life. The East Shore in Ostend is the neighbourhood in which fishermen dwell: they weave nets, play cards and kill time. Now, this district is being demolished: high, white residential blocks are rising up instead.
East Shore reflects this fragmented composition in its form: ashore, Marnix’ life is portrayed in scenes enacted impersonated by him and his fellows; at sea we look more indirectly, through shadows, silhouettes and reflections, at how life goes on.
In the presence of the director.
Elke Mahieu, Nina de Vroome
Quinten Wyns, Elias Grootaers