Sea Sparkle | Meeresleuchten
“Where are you? Damn you. Show yourself. Coward. Asshole. Come on then. I know you’re here. Where are you? Give him back!”

Lena loves the ocean. Battling the wind and waves on her sailing boat, she is as passionate and fearless as her father on his fishing expeditions. But one day, he and the rest of his crew do not return. Some say it was an accident; others say he had been reckless. Lena is sure it could not have been his fault. They must have encountered a gigantic sea creature, causing the boat to capsize. The signs are everywhere: from a shadow in the water, to a large tooth stuck in a piece of driftwood. If only she could find that one, decisive piece of evidence, she could stand up to her family and friends and prove them all wrong. Thus begins a requiem of rage and a tale of letting go and of holding on – to the inexplicable, and to one another.
by Domien Huyghe
with Saar Rogiers, Dunia Elwaleed, Sverre Rous, Valentijn Dhaenens, Hilde De Baerdemaeker, Thibaud Dooms, Lia Van Heck, Nika Petrović, Zouzou Ben Chikha, Sebastien Dewaele, Lynn Van Royen
Belgium / Netherlands 2023 Dutch 98’ Colour World premiere | Debut film recommendation: 10 years and up


  • Saar Rogiers (Lena)
  • Dunia Elwaleed (Kaz)
  • Sverre Rous (Vincent)
  • Valentijn Dhaenens (Antoine)
  • Hilde De Baerdemaeker (Christine)
  • Thibaud Dooms (Jules)
  • Lia Van Heck (Fran)
  • Nika Petrović (Nora)
  • Zouzou Ben Chikha (Marre)
  • Sebastien Dewaele (Fluppe)
  • Lynn Van Royen (Isabel)


Director Domien Huyghe
Story Wendy Huyghe, Domien Huyghe
Screenplay Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, Wendy Huyghe
Cinematography Anton Mertens
Editing Peter Alderliesten
Music Bart Van Lierde
Sound Design Maria Kramer
Sound Job Michel
Sound Mixing Jan Schermer
Production Design Gert Stas
Costumes Gudrun Wylleman
Make-Up Marleen Holthuis
Casting Céline De Waele, Mathias Sourbon
Assistant Director Stephen van Mechelen
Line Producer Grietje Lammertyn
Production Manager Stephen Vandingenen
Producers Dries Phlypo, Stephen Vandingenen
Executive Producers Bruno Lowagie, Ingeborg Willaert, Tine Klint
Co-Producer Marleen Slot
Associate Producer Siniša Juričić
Co-Production Viking Film Amsterdam

Domien Huyghe

Born in Belgium in 1988, the director and screenwriter is an alumnus of the Torino FilmLab’s SeriesLab and Midpoint TV Launch programmes. His short film Maverick and his music videos for bands including Blaudzun, Antler King and Arches have brought him international recognition. Zeevonk is his debut feature film.


2017 Maverick; short film 2023 Zeevonk (Sea Sparkle)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023