"When you come out of the storm..."
Stern Pictures Executive Producer
A trawler in the North Sea. A crew of four people prepares to retrieve a trawl net they set on the previous day. The weather starts to deteriorate. Heavy steel-dark clouds cover the sky as far as the horizon. Some radio noise can be heard coming from the trawler’s bridge. Captain Trond leaves the winch behind and rushes to get a radio transmission from the port. A storm is approaching, although the previous forecast hadn’t suggested heavy weather. He reports that they must first retrieve the traps and nets they had deployed earlier. The dispatcher orders them to return immediately as at that time of year, in winter, storms can intensify very quickly.
The Captain goes back to retrieve the trawl net. He wants to ensure that the entire valuable catch is secured on board – so he ignores the warning call received from the port. Trond knows that if a storm lasts for a long period, the vessel could get stuck in port for up to a week. The waves become bigger and bigger, smashing down onto the rusty boards of the vessel. The fishermen only just manage to keep their balance on deck as they struggle with the elements and the nets that are heavy with fish. The line in the winch becomes very taut. The last trawl net is extremely heavy.
The deck is in chaos. Communication is seriously hindered due to the terrifying roar of the approaching storm. Marita is the only female crew member. She is just as tough and just as fit as her fellow fishermen and nobody gives her any special treatment. Whilst battling the waves, she continues to operate the winch. Her brother, Vermund, and Solve, one of the other crew members, drag the net onto the deck with their hooks. The winch barely manages to lift the overloaded trawl net, something is pulling the load overboard. Marita yells to the Captain that she can’t get the catch onboard. Captain Trond pushes her aside, snatching the winch lever from her hands as he starts pulling the load at full power. Suddenly, the steel line snaps, cutting Vermund’s head off. His body collapses to the floor. Marita is standing above her brother’s body, completely stunned. Trond grasps the steering wheel whilst Solve stands motionless at the side of the vessel and then starts to vomit. Blood starts to mix with the seawater on deck. As the storm intensifies, the trawler struggles to reach the port.
Director: TBD / 90 minutes / SF-Thriller