One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean

a film by

France | 11' | 12/2020 | experimental doc

One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean reflects on the experience of not being able to see the world with depth perception. Made up of micro- events from "satisfying video" that swarm on the internet, the abstract narrative unfolds through an appropriation way by referring to trance and minimal music. It's about a desire for groundless waves, blended with today's inexorable entropy of our information societies.

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Wang Yuyan


Wang Yuyan (b. 1989, China) is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist living in Paris. She graduated from Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts in 2020 and Beaux-Arts of Paris in 2016. She takes inspiration from the endless media production underpinned by industrial productivity. Her works oscillate between film and installation, often in an immersive perspective with a disintegrating abstraction process.


  • One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean – 2021 – short film
  • All movements should kill the wind – 2019 – short film
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Director: Wang Yuyan
Producer: Le Fresnoy
Sound Design: Raphaël Hénard
Editor: Wang Yuyan


  • Berlinale International Film Festival, Germany (1 – 5 March, 2021)
    Berlinale Shorts
  • Tampere Film Festival, Finland (10 – 14 March, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Vidéoformes – Festival International d’Arts Numériques, France (18 – 21 March, 2021)


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list: No dialogue

Downloadable trailer: Click here