CONFESSIONS (9', Romania, 2011)

 

Opposing, by the use of split-screen, the reflexive quest of an introverted human being, portrayed by the shadow of a woman, and the factual unraveling of bits and pieces found in nature and society, LIGIA SMARANDACHE’s short casts a series of existential questions on the meaning of life and of our passing through it.

Director: LIGIA SMARANDACHE

 

Screenplay: LIGIA SMARANDACHE

Cinematography: SORIN IRIMEȘ

Editing: LIGIA SMARANDACHE

Music: PHILIP CASHIAN, JOSEPH SCHWANTNER (composition), TIBERIU HERDLICSKA (interpretation)

Sound: LIGIA SMARANDACHE

Producer: LIGIA SMARANDACHE

Production: LIGIA SMARANDACHE



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LIGIA SMARANDACHE (b. 1968, Romania) is a Doctor in fine and decorative arts of the Art and Design University from Cluj-Napoca. After graduating from graphic studies, she has worked as set-designer and video-graphics designer in television and is currently teaching at the Faculty of Cinematography, Photography and Media in Cluj. Her visual works have been exhibited in countries such as Japan, Malaysia, America or Finland. Taking an interest in the documentary field, she has signed the short documentary PEOPLE OF ROMANIA (2006) and has worked as editor of Adina Pintilie’s film, Don’t Get Me Wrong (2009), film that has an impressive festival selection life-span.

 

"A visual essay on the topic of the meaning of existence doubled by teleological questions, taking the shape of autobiographical notes uttered in a voice-over. Why are we thrown in this labrinth called Life? the artist is literraly asking herself and the viewers. Such quintessential rhetorical questions are raised while before us are unfolding two distinct narratives in a split-screen. In the left part of the screen, one identifies the shadow of a wandering woman that we can assume is reflecting on issues portrayed in the right part of the screen. Here, people, animals and nature are seized in their complexity, heterogenous and ephemeral, equivalent to life itself. A simultaneous apprehension of the reflective self and of the object of these reflections convey the uncanniness of being at the same time lucid and aware of the uncertantity of one’s path and identity and also unable to experience and belong in a wholesome way to the moment, to the slippery present time. Our inescapable sense of loneliness ominously floats above LIGIA SMARANDACHE’s confessions in congruence with the musical notes that accompany them." (Andreea Mihalcea, BIEFF 2012)