Sea of Shadows

Austria, 2019, 104 min, Colour

A looming disaster in one of the most spectacular environments on Earth sparks a rescue mission unlike any other in SEA OF SHADOWS. When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten to destroy virtually all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the vaquita porpoise. SEA OF SHADOWS follows a team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican Navy as they put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring the vicious international crime syndicate to justice.



Richard Ladkani


Walter Köhler,Wolfgang Knöpfler


Richard Ladkani


Georg Fischer,Verena Schönauer


Michael Plöderl,Bernhard Zorzi


As director and cinematographer, Richard Ladkani has gained international recognition for numerous award-winning films. "Sea of Shadows", a National Geographic documentary, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2019.


United States, 2019, Sundance, Audience Award

Sundance, United States 2019 - Audience Award

United States, 2019, Minneapolis St. Paul IFF, Minnesota Cinematic Arts Award

Minneapolis St. Paul IFF, United States 2019 - Minnesota Cinematic Arts Award

United States, 2019, Lighthouse IFF, Audience Award

Lighthouse IFF, United States 2019 - Audience Award

Denmark, 2019, CPH:DOX,

CPH:DOX, Denmark 2019 -

Canada, 2019, Hot Docs,

Hot Docs, Canada 2019 -


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