Film Archive

24 Buckets, 7 Mice, 18 Years

Documentary Film
Romania
2012
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Pintilie Adina, Manekino Film
Iacob Marius
Marius Iacob
Marius Iacob, Vlad Voinescu
Marius Iacob
Vlad Voinescu
Numbers figure prominently in the lives of the Hungarian-Romanian charcoal burners Piroska and Imre – just like the wireless, the Caribbean and a booming poverty tourism industry. The young directors Iacob Marius and Vlad Voinescu mix these ingredients with a light touch and a sure sense of drama.
Imre and Piroska spend their summers in a forest in Transylvania piling up pyramids of wood that will travel to the whole of Europe as charcoal. Which means it travels further than the couple who live in a rundown railway car with no electricity and spend their evenings listening to radio features about distant countries and discussing the perfect lottery numbers. The world regularly visits them in the shape of tourists wheeled in on horse carts – how authentic! – and willing to pay a small consideration for permission to take pictures of real Eastern European poverty, preferably featuring themselves posing with the shovel. Piroska and Imre take it with a sense of humour and prefer to think about the problem of transforming 230 bags of coal into the lottery ticket that will take them to the beach of their dreams – one day.
A smart reflection on the allegedly documentary view, for the affluent citizen feels deliciously horrified, fills his memory card with photos and decamps. Left behind in their authentic filth, the others must continue to hope for a miracle – or the right number.

– Grit Lemke
FilmFestival Cottbus 2012
Crulic - The Path to Beyond Anca Damian

The true story of a man who got tangled up and perished in the red tape of European bureaucracy. A masterfully animated ballad about the decline of humanity.

Crulic - The Path to Beyond

Animadoc
Poland,
Romania
2011
73 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Anca Damian, Aparte Film
Anca Damian
Ilija Zogowski
Catalin Cristutiu
Anca Damian
This highly original animated documentary reconstructs the true (!) story of an individual who gets caught up in the wheels of the murderous European bureaucratic machine. The director illuminates the dark side of the system in her second feature-length production using various animation techniques: hand drawn images, photo collages, computer trickery, plasticine figures and occasional slightly modified stock footage. One particularly distinctive feature: the main protagonist narrates and reconstructs his own life and death similar to Joe Gillis (William Holden) in Billy Wilder’s legendary feature film SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950). When Daniel Claudiu Crulic (voiced by actor Vlad Ivanov) begins his tale, he has in fact already passed away. The thirty three year old Romanian died in 2008 in a Polish prison while on hunger strike, having been accused of a crime he couldn’t possibly have committed and then dismissed by the bureaucratic machine as worthless.
This sophisticated montage, combining imagery and audio, lends this ballad of the decay of humanity and the omnipotence of boundless greed a delightful rhythm and tremendous pull, from which emerges an in equal measure unsettling and harrowing warning: a Europe, in which public authorities and civil servants prefer to sidestep responsibilities and in which the individual doesn't count for anything, makes for a life not worth living.

– Peter Claus, Katalog Cottbus
International Programme 2012
Stremt 89 Anda Puscas, Dragos Dulea

What do you need for a revolution? Lots of alcohol, a few sickles and shotguns and an opponent in the cornfield... Autum 1989 in the Carpathian Mountains, straight from the source.

Stremt 89

Documentary Film
Romania
2012
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Anda Puscas, UNATC
Anda Puscas, Dragos Dulea
Stephen James Wilkinson
Anda Puscas
Dragos Dulea
Dragos Dulea
Never heard of Stremt? But you can learn how to stage a revolution from the small Romanian village near Cluj-Napoca in the Carpathian Mountains. It doesn’t take carnations or the colour orange but, first of all, alcohol for Dutch courage. Only then do you set out, arm yourself and suddenly identify enemies and terrorists everywhere – or was it the other way round? Time passes more slowly in Stremt. After they saw Ceauşescu’s fall on television, some villagers felt that their hour had come and decided to rebel. But where do you start a revolt when everyone knows everyone else? The ensuing dramatic scenes were mainly due to the wild conjecture and rumours that spread suddenly – and the fact that no one was hurt was mainly due to the fact that the pistol wasn’t loaded. The two young filmmakers’, born in 1985 and 1989, short film is a merry tour de force that demonstrates how quickly a house of card collapses once fear has been conquered.
– Cornelia Klauß