Noir Océan

Belgium/Germany/France 2010, Feature film, 90' | Director, Screenplay Marion Hänsel | DoP Jan Vancaille | Sound Henri Morelle | Cast Nicolas Robin, Adrien Jolivet, Romain David | Production, Distribution Man`s Film Production

»I want to make a film as fragile as the breath of a child, but charged with an ever-present latent violence. As if each character is about to implode, to break apart from the inside by dint of not giving voice to what he feels, what he has seen, the nuclear mushroom cloud, even the ineffable.«
Marion Hänsel

In 1972, Massina, Moriaty and di Maggio volunteer to work on board a French marine vessel. It sets sail for the Pacific Mururoa Atoll, where atomic tests are to be carried out. The three men are inexperienced, and are aware of neither the personal risks in this operation, nor of the dramatic consequences for the planet. In an environment characterised by violence and discipline, boredom, loneliness and despair, the elder Moriaty makes friends with slightly childish Massina. A relationship of silent trust unfolds between them.

Marion Hänsel adapted two autobiographical short stories for the script by Hubert Mignarelli, who joined the French Navy and volunteered to be posted to the Mururoa Atoll.


MARION HÄNSEL was born in 1949 in Marseille and grew up in Antwerp. She is one of the most prominent Belgian women directors. Before coming to film, she studied drama under Lee Strasberg in New York, appeared in avant-garde theatres and visited the circus school of Annie Fratellini in Paris. In 1977, she founded her own production company, Man's Films. In 1984, the film Dust was made, based on a novel by J. M. Coetzee. It was the first Belgian film to win a Golden Lion in Venice. Trevor Howard and Jane Birkin starred in the main roles. Since then, she has directed numerous films that made her well-known across the world. In 1987, Marion Hänsel was elected Woman of the Year in Belgium. Her film Si le vent soulève les sables was screened in the competition in Dortmund in 2007.

Films by Marion Hänsel
Si le vent soulève les sables 2006 | Nuages: Lettres à mon fils 2001 | The Quarry 1998 | Between the devil and the deep blue sea 1995| Sur la terre comme au ciel 1991 | Il Maestro 1989 | Les Noces barbares 1987 | Dust 1984| Le lit 1982

Marion Hänsel
Germany, Belgium, France
Feature Film
Feature Film Competition