A cargo ship
built in Romania
running under the flag of Gibraltar
administrated by a German shipowner
bearing the Dutch name Gaastdiep
is home to Polish sailors.
They travel between France and Portugal.
They ship wood.
It is autumn.

The documentary follows the life of three sailors on board of the cargo ship 'Gaastdiep'. They work hard, clean, renew the paint. There is little time left for private activities. Space is limited and even when at land they seldom leave the harbour. Janusz, Fatso and Tomek have been on board for six months and developed a friendship. Then the contracts of Fatso and Tomek end and they leave the ship. The Gaastdiep and Janusz take off.
If they will ever meet again remains uncertain.

written by
Svenja Klüh, Philip Vogt, Knut Karger

directed by
Svenja Klüh, Philip Vogt, Knut Karger

Philip Vogt

Knut Karger

editing by
Knut Karger, Svenja Klüh, Philip Vogt

production manager
Christoph Menardi

line producer
Evi Stangassinger, Natalie Lambsdorff

produced by
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München



Internationales Dokumentarfilmfestival Munich 2003

Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival, Estonia 2003

MFDF Jihlava, Czech Republic 2003