The Embrace of the Ocean

The Embrace of the Sea is a film about the sea, the birthplace of all life. In a fascinating way, the film shows us a world that we do not see and our eyes do not reach. The Embrace of the Sea was filmed almost entirely under water: in the archipelago of Indonesia, Tonga and our own Baltic Sea. The film gives us a beautiful glimpse of the astonishing diversity of sea life. It captures scenes of marine life from microscopic plankton to seahorses, giant oceanic manta rays and humpback whales.

The Embrace of the Sea offers insights into the interaction between the human species and the sea. Over billions of years, algae and bacteria have produced a significant part of the oxygen necessary for us to live. On the other hand, it has only taken a couple of centuries for the human species to leave its mark even on the depths of the seas. Our rubbish and debris can be found everywhere. In seas, plastic disintegrates into tiny particles and eventually, as it travels through the food chain, also ends up inside our bodies. The Embrace of the Sea helps us understand the ecosystem and encourages us to act together for our seas and our own wellbeing. On our planet, life forms one vast entity, and we humans are part of it.

The Embrace of the Sea was directed by Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen. The film makes good use of microscope photography, x-ray tomography and optical tomography in presenting marine organisms in astonishing detail, with images of, for example, the brain of the crustacean Saduria entomon.

The film was produced by Leading Note Pictures Oy in collaboration with the Finnish Science Centre Heureka. In addition to Heureka, the film project received funding from Sitra, the Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK, the Committee for Public Information (TJNK) and Yleisradio.

Age limit: 5 years old
Runtime: Approx. 40 min.
Language: The narration of the shows is in Finnish, but voice-overs in Swedish, English and Russian can be listened to with headphones available at the entrance of the planetarium.