Planktonium is a short film about the unseen world of living microscopic plankton. It is a voyage into a secret universe, inhabited by alien-like creatures. These stunningly beautiful, very diverse and numerous organisms are unknown to most of us because they are invisible to the naked eye. However, they are wandering beneath the surface of all waters around us and they are of vital importance for all life on earth.
About the director:
Jan van Ijken (1965) is a photographer and filmmaker from the Netherlands, fascinated by nature, biology and microscopy. His recent films about starling murmurations and the beginning of life have been selected and awarded by numerous international film festivals. After publications on National Geographic and Aeon, the films went ‘viral’ on the internet.