The Sea at the Time of the Eclipse / Morje v času mrka (2008)

82 min / fiction feature, Feature Film

Val Sebald is an author who comes to the Island to retreat from life and land. There he lives among the islanders and his favourite women, the heroines of various maritime novels. His relations with actual women from his past are reduced to messages in bottles that he ceremonially throws into the water. Val brings the real and imaginary people together into a place he is comfortable with, while his real life also becomes more and more one with the sea and the underwater world. Fish are his ultimate and final challenge. As Ivana, a young girl, comes to the island with a group of tourists, she appears in Vlados life as an incarnation of probably his last ideal love, the ultimate Woman incarnate. The young woman, a painter, captivates Vlado because she prefers to paint the non-existent; and Val fascinates her most of all with his knowledge of the sea and diving. Although they spend many days and occasional evenings or nights together, the girl is seduced by an islander, who is much younger than Val, of course which is only fitting for a summer love affair. Ivana leaves and all Val is left with is a painting of the Island in the snow.


Boris Cavazza
Ajda Smrekar
Devi Bragalini
Brane Brane Grubar
Pia Zemljič
Lenča Ferenčak

Film crew

Director: Jure Pervanje
Screenwriter: Jure Pervanje
Based on original story by: Mate Dolenc
D.O.P.: Valentin Tine Perko
Music: Lado Jakša
Animator: Andrej Gregori, Kumpa
Production designer: Janez Kovič
Costum design: Jerneja Jambrek
Editor: Stanko Kostanjevec
Makeup Artist: Marija Jurkovič
Sound designer: Tine Avpič, Borut Berden
Producer: Jani Virk
Postproduction (services): Simon Sedmak


Production Company: TV Slovenija
Co-production Company: Studio Arkadena d.o.o.
Co-funding: Filmski sklad Republike Slovenije

Technical data

Film format: 35mm
Aspect ratio: /
Colours: color
Sound: unknown