CONNECTION LOST (11', Turkey/Romania, 2012)

 

At the boundary between documentary and fiction, the two directors’ short is an astute commentary on the relationship between them - who are young adults temporarily studying abroad - and their parents back home, in Romania. The two recorded the Skype sessions with their relatives, without them knowing it, this bringing forth the documentary type of authenticity. The main topic is their staying in Turkey which brings to light preconceptions and attitudes of the ones at the other end of the line.

Director: PAULA ONEȚ, MANUELA BORZA

 

Cast: LETIȚIA MARCOVICI, LIA BORZA, MARIA ONEȚ, RADU ONEȚ, VASILE BORZA

Screenplay: PAULA ONEȚ, MANUELA BORZA

Cinematography: PAULA ONEȚ, MANUELA BORZA

Editing: PAULA ONEȚ, MANUELA BORZA

Sound: PAULA ONEȚ, MANUELA BORZA

Producer: ANADOLU UNIVERSITY

Production: ANADOLU UNIVERSITY, BABEȘ-BOLYAI UNIVERSITY



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Director's contact: paula_onet[at]yahoo[dot]com, manuela[at]manuelaborza[dot]com

 

 

 

PAULA ONEȚ is a graduate of the Theater and Television University in Cluj and an independent visual artist with a rich experience in cultural diversity, having benefited from study scholarships and residencies in South Korea, Turkey, Greece and France. She has worked in television and as editor of the DOK Leipzig Film Fest nominee documentary THE JAPANESE QUINCE TREE (2011, directed by Mara Trifu) and has signed other six shorts. MANUELA BORZA, graduate of the same university, has also worked in television. Director and editor of numerous student shorts, in 2012 she has won the Zagreb Jewish Film Festival competition with a film she edited. Currently she is a postgraduate student of the Visual Art University of Bucharest, where she studies dynamic image and photography, in which she taken a special interest.

 

Transilvania International Film Festival Cluj-Napoca 2012 – Special Mention

 

"The idea of recording Skype conversations, often interrupted because the web connection is lost, implies an entire stylistic gearing, that maintains the viewer’s perception that he is on the territory of mediated reality. The literal loss of the web connection is doubled by the transformation of the human one, established between the two girls and their relatives, being separated by physical distance. The tone ingrained through editing techniques varies from absurd humor, to psychological tension or even tenderness. The two young directors’ strategy is based on autobiographical exploration, but its result can be mapped as a dialogue between different mentalities, frequently leading to dissension. The absurd – emerging either from minor or important misunderstandings either from the insert of the recording of a zodiac TV show – derives the premises laid down by the character-directors, being relatively obvious that they didn’t aim to cast irony or ridicule upon this conflict. The strokes of tenderness can be detected beneath the common places associated with this type of communication, especially if one pays attention to the sonority of the Transylvanian idiom or to the well-meant pieces of advice coming from Paula’s parents or Manuela’s grandmother. This experiment is endowed with that dosage of spontaneity adjacent to it being posited în the center of a web of real relationships." (Andreea Mihalcea, BIEFF 2012)

 

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