Hy Hirsh – Gyromorphosis (1954)

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The inherent kinetic qualities are brought into actuality in GYROMORPHOSIS, as seen in the construction-sculpture of Constant Nieuwenhuys of Amsterdam. To realize this aim I have put into motion, one by one, pieces of this sculpture and, with color lighting, filmed them in various detail, overlaying the images on the film as they appear and disappear. In this way I have hoped to produce sensations of acceleration and suspension which are suggested to me by the sculpture itself. – Hy Hirsh Continue reading

Cristian Nemescu – Poveste la scara ‘C’ aka C Block Story (2003)

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Another romanian short student film on 35mm. Won several international prizes.

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A lovely piece of film-making from Romania!, 18 March 2004
Author: michaelwalters56 from New York, U.S.A.

I saw this film at the NYU International Film Festival in New York and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! The story focuses on the lack of communication between a working-class family that live on C block and combines gritty drama with terrific unclichéd comedy. The story is so clever and entertaining and by the end it resolves itself with such charm. It is full of subtle messages about life, family, communication and relationships. Great acting from the three main actors and a wonderful sense of pacing from the director. This really is a lovely piece of film-making from Romania and well deserving of it’s award at the festival. Continue reading

Daphne Matziaraki – 4.1 Miles (2016)

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Synopsis:
A coast guard captain on a small Greek island is suddenly charged with saving thousands of refugees from drowning at sea.

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4.1 miles – the distance between Turkey and Greece. It might not sound like much – in fact, many people might consider it swimmable – but these are dangerous waters. Nevertheless, hundreds of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers have made the desperate journey over the past few years. Concern about how to cope with this influx has extended right across the continent. What has it done to those on the coastlines directly affected? Continue reading

Timo von Gunten – La femme et le TGV AKA The Railroad Lady (2016)

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Synopsis:
A touching story between a lonely woman and a TGV train driver.

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The spirit of warming one’s heart and melting one’s shell brings the fifth Oscar nominee to life. La femme et le TGV (dir. Timo von Gunten; Switzerland, 30 min.) stars Jane Birkin (Blow Up, Twice Born) in a quirky and amusing love story about a frumpy baker who finds one daily bit of solace in her small Swiss town. Every day when the TGV train goes whizzing by, she rushes to the window and waves her flag. For such a grumpy sourpuss, the baker completely melts with joy each time the train passes. She’s as happy as a kid in a candy store—doubly so when a pen pal from the train starts pitching gifts and notes out the window. Birkin is lots of fun and gives La femme et le TGV its sprightly bounce and offbeat charm. Of all the shorts nominated here, La femme et le TGV is the most complete picture. With its economy of storytelling, upbeat tone, and underdog spirit, this fun comedy is a refreshing reminder that lightening up and being good to one’s neighbours is the richest truffle of all. Continue reading

Catalin Mitulescu – Bucuresti-Wien, 8-15 (2000)

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Film Festivals: Torino Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, CineFestival, KataWeb Cinema Festival…

Synopsis: Five o’ clock in the morning. Niki gathers everything valuable in his house. His wife and child are sleeping. He is leaving for Germany. He has bought a passport and will work illegaly. He is going with Cretu, his childhood friend. Leaving together will make things easier for them. But the voyage proves to be more difficult than they were expecting. Continue reading