DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

The Mermaid Kingdom

The Mermaid Kingdom

The boundary between the land and the sea is magic. When we see a few cows walking along the coast right at the start, it’s a picture of unity. Just like the bodies of mermaids who are said to look like fish from the belly down. There are many legends around these creatures. For example that people one of them falls in love with begin to stink of fish. Only special herbs can remove the smell, which makes locating the person impossible. Mermaids can cause pregnancies, too. And have huge banquets at the bottom of the sea. But the inhabitants of a Nicaraguan fishing village seem to have lost the local aquatic creatures’ favour: recently, incidents were observed where men returned paralysed from dives. Luis Rincón shows life on this boundary, the work above and below the water line. And he focuses on one paralysed man who almost never appears without his sunglasses. Once Rincón films him sitting at the window, so that the light playing on his skin looks like fish scales.

Carolin Weidner

Nominated for Healthy Workplaces Film Award


Original Title: El reino de la sirena
Country: Mexico
Year: 2017
Language: Spanish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 75 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Luis Rincón
Producer: Rigoberto Perezcano, Bruno Cárcamo
Cinematographer: Juan Pablo Ramírez Ibañez
Editor: Lucrecia Gutiérrez Maupomé
Sound: Bernat Fortiana
Script: Luis Rincón

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.