Original Title



Drama, Family

Production Year


Country of Origin

Belgium / The Netherlands

Language Spoken



98 min


Berlin Generation K+
(World Premiere)
Local release date
April 2023 by Paradiso Filmed Entertainment


Domien Huyghe
Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem
Wendy Huyghe


Saar Rogiers

Hilde De Baerdemaeker

Sverre Rous
Valentijn Dhaenens 

Production Company
A Private View 

Dries Phlypo

Stephen Vandingenen

Marleen Slot (Viking Film)

Executive producer
Bruno Lowagie
Ingeborg Willaert
Tine Klint
Associate producer
Siniša Juričić
Bart Van Lierde
Anton Mertens SBC
Peter Alderliesten NCE
Re-recording Mixer
Jan Schermer


A North Sea fisherman dies at sea under mysterious circumstances. People whisper that the captain is to blame. His teenage daughter Lena however suspects the ship did not go down by accident. Nobody believes her not even her best friend. When Lena glimpses a huge shadow slithering beneath the sea surface, she is determined to prove that a huge, unknown sea creature is roaming the deep…

Director's bio

Domien Huyghe (b. 1988) is a Belgian film director and screenwriter. He is a Midpoint TV Launch & Torino Series- and Filmlab alumni and received international recognition for his short film Maverick (2017).  He is developing his next feature film Amari (Selected for the Torino Filmlab Extended 2022) and a TV series Skate or Hate, (Selected for the Torino SeriesLab 2021). Huyghe has been awarded several times as a director of remarkable music videos for bands such as BLAUDZUN, ANTLER KING and ARCHES. His work often features themes such as coping with loss and reconnecting with family and he is always searching for innovative ways to bring such themes to a large audience.

Director's Statement

“When I lost my father as a teenager, stories about loss helped me to name the unmentionable, to learn to understand the incomprehensible. Yet, I often felt unfulfilled, more so; I was sometimes angered by movies that were supposedly about a loss but then conveniently made a time jump of “six months after the events”. Sometimes a deceased parent even reappeared! Other movies took the topic of grief seriously but were often so heavy that I thought I’d never be okay again. And some were almost parable-like with characters who are outsiders and out of touch with the world of a young viewer. 

Sea Sparkle is my brave attempt to jump into that gap and create a story that takes the (young) viewer seriously, but at the same time draws them into a story full of magic, excitement, adventure, humor, and friendship. After all, just because you’re grieving doesn’t mean you can’t have an adventure! Young people who experience something serious, such as loss, can often feel very lonely. No one understands that sometimes they have to flee into something magical, like a (sea) monster, to cope with life. With Sea Sparkle, I want to show them that they are not alone, that it can happen to anyone. That’s why the arena of the film is very recognizable, with skating, cool clothes, and music straight out of a 12-year-old’s Spotify -list (Angèle).

Through a quest of colorful characters in a unique setting, I hope to make a difficult topic accessible for conversation. I hope that those who leave the theatre can have a talk about the loss of a loved one, about the fact that everyone grieves in their own way. I want to say that – no matter how dark life sometimes is – there will always be sea sparks.” 


Dries Phlypo


Dries Phlypo is producer and managing partner at the Belgian independent production company A Private View. He started his career as a youth programmer for Brugge 2002 and launched the youth film circuit ‘Lessons in the Dark’. In 2004 he joined A Private View where he was an executive producer on Moscow, Belgium (2008), A Perfect Match (2007) and Long Weekend (2005). Subsequently, together with screenwriter/producer Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, he produced a dozen films, including Zagros (2017, Grand Prix FilmFest Ghent), Vincent and the End of the World (2016, World premiered at Locarno IFF and Best Comedy Nominee – EFA), Brasserie Romantique (2012) and Oxygen (2011, Best Discovery – EFA). Phlypo has co-produced more than 30 international films, including Oink (2022), Inside (2022), Dirty God (2019), Zurich (2015), Cobain (2017), Blood Sweat and Tears  (2015), Couple In a Hole (2015) by Tom Geens and many others. He produced four shorts: Romance, Moment De Glorie, the Oscar nominated Tanghi Argentini by Guido Thys and the Oscar shortlisted Bad Hunter.


Stephen Vandingenen


Stephen Vandingenen is the in-house junior producer at the Belgian film production company A Private View. Together with Dries Phlypo, he produced director Kadir Ferati Balci’s TV series Storm Lara  (2021), which was selected for Berlinale Series Market Selects 2022. In 2013 at the Université Paris-Est, Vandingenen obtained a degree in Cinematographic and Audiovisual Studies. In 2015 in London, he obtained a Master in Film Making at Kingston University, where he also received the MA Film Making prize for excellence in film making. He attended the annual APostLab workshop in Bucharest, Romania in 2019, and he participated in the Torino Film Lab Extended Story Editing workshop in Madrid, Spain in 2022. 

Vandingenen worked as line producer and post-production supervisor on the feature My Dad is a Sausage (2021) and as post production supervisor on the drama series A Good Year (2021).  


Saar Rogiers (Lena)

Saar Rogiers (Lena)

Sea Sparkle is Saar Rogier’s acting debut. For her role as Lena, Saar learned how to sail, dive and skate.

Hilde De Baerdemaeker (Christine)

Hilde De Baerdemaeker (Christine)

Hilde De Baerdemaeker has built a versatile and richly filled career as an actress in theater, on television and on the big screen.

Sverre Rous (Vincent)

Sverre Rous (Vincent)

Sverre Rous is best known for his acting debut in the feature film Dealer by Jeroen Perceval (2021). 

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