During a sunny holiday, a flock of tourists struggle to let go of their busy city lives, and the absence of daily tasks leaves them lost in an uncomfortable and frightening place. Once they learn to slow down, they may find some beauty in the here and now.

EYE International | Intermission Expedition

The choice of colors in this animated short film is with no doubt suggestive. By depicting the bored tourists, it highlights our inability to disconnect from our super-connected world: always online, always busy, always doing something, feeling uncomfortable if we stop and decide to take a break and relax. But there’s much more in INTERMISSION EXPEDITION: it brings attention to the environment and the pollution that human kind leaves behind everytime it does anything. In this case, the uncontrolled tourism leaves marks by destroying and polluting – and the nature tries to take back what’s been spoiled. For instance, when the tourists make holes in the sand to look for lost valuables, without covering them back and also leaving flags, slowly the sea comes with waves to fix their passage.

Without lines of dialogue, INTERMISSION EXPEDITION says more than it could’ve done in spoken words.

Director: Wiep Teeuwisse
Country: Netherlands
Year: 2019
Running time: 8′