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CONNECTION LOST (by Paula Oneţ and Manuela Borza)
The film shows how a clever concept – in this case two female Romanian exchange students telling their relatives through Skype that they want to stay in Turkey – can lead to a work that is at the same time deep and humoristic. The spontaneous and absurdly framed conversations tell us, how strong family ties are not enough to overcome an unavoidable generation gap. Distrust of unknown cultures, and a strong wish to protect their beloved offspring drives the older generation. The young want to dive in a new adventure – in their studies, their lives, and in their way of making cinema. Their adagium: simple means and strong effect.
> BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD offered by KODAK CINELABS ROMANIA
THE WAVES (by Miguel Fonseca)
The cycle of life and death is represented with a beautiful cinematography of the sea and the landscape around it. Timeless one wave after the other rolls to the beach and back; being part of the cycle of the elements. This natural ongoing rhythm influences the atmosphere of the film and the subtle presentation of the relationship between two sisters.
> BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARD 2012 offered by the National University of Fine Arts Bucharest
METEOR (by Matthias Muller and Christoph Girardet)
The two filmmakers present another crystal of found footage film, using the expressive power of the material to transform it into their poetic cinematic language. The dark skies act as a screen where the imaginations and dreams of young boys are projected, symbolizing their complex expectations, shared between fears and the desire for freedom. The melancholic mood is turned into a magical trip to the moon, where visual sensations interrupt the feeling of loneliness.