Her mother’s distance, her father’s absence, and the traumas provoked by her stepfather form an ocean inside the girl Muriel, who is afraid of swimming. The animation, directed by Carol Sakura and Walkir Fernandes, poetically approaches through verbal and visual metaphors the experience of plunging into one's own pains so as to finally emerge.
Carol Sakura, Walkir Fernandes Carol Sakura is a writer and screenwriter, producer of the short film 'The Big Little One', awarded at the Cineambiente Festival and Green Nation Fest 2012. 'Apnea' is her directional debut. Walkir Fernandes has worked in animation productions for feature films, TV series, and short films awarded in Brazil and abroad. He is the co-founder of Dogzilla Studio and currently directs the junior animated series ‘On the Job’ and ‘Mu & Moscóvis’ for Playkids.