HORIZON (11', Romania, 2012)

 

Generating cinematic and literary references like Hemingway`s “The Oldman and the Sea” or Melville's "Moby Dick", HORIZON depicts the story of a lone fisherman who dedicates each day to his job, going past the big ships that sail the Black Sea with his little boat. His daily unperturbed routine seems to be unbroken until someone (or something) enters the slow and repetitive rhythm of his life. World premiered in Cannes's Critics Week 2012, the film enjoys a rich festival career, being screened in Sarajevo, Namur, Milano, Ghent and many others.

Director: PAUL NEGOESCU

 

Cast: MIHAI CISMARU

Cinematography: ANDREI BUTICA

Editing: DRAGOS APETRI

Sound: DAN-STEFAN RUCAREANU

Producer: RADU STANCU

Production: DE FILM



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PAUL NEGOESCU is a young, Romanian born film director. He graduated film directing at the National University of Drama and Film (UNATC). He directed several shorts, selected and awarded in many international film festivals (Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam, London, Slamdance). Also, he was twice nominated at the European Film Academy Awards, in 2009 and 2011. He has recently finished his first feature film and he is the artistic director of the Timishort Film Festival.

 

CANNES SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE, 2012 / SARAJEVO IFF, 2012 / ENCOUNTERS FF 2012 / MILANO IFF 2012 / NAMUR IFF 2012 / GHENT IFF 2012 etc.

 

"70% of our planet's surface is covered by water and about what is submerged we know too little. But when comparing this to the size of the universe, we realize we know nothing. What is there beyond our horizon does not actually exist." (PAUL NEGOESCU)

"A tree is facing us, incredibly tall. As if it was rooted in our retina, this tree is standing up in an extreme low-angle shot. Should we fear the danger? An uncanny feeling comes out from this preliminary scene, similar maybe to what you might feel during the Hitchcockian sequence of the sequoia forest in Vertigo… This is, without a doubt, a shot filmed with a wild verticality. This Romanian short film from PAUL NEGOESCU is entitled HORIZON. Yet, the director brings us back rapidly to the promised horizontality; after few minutes indeed, this towering tree does collapse in a slow fall, idly… Suddenly, the set changes: the horizon is given back to us, maybe the most beautiful existing, one licked by a shimmering sea under the sun of an ending day. Here the story is tinted with a documentary tone letting us discover on this sea a man with a craggy face and a grayish ponytail. Obviously, this is a master mariner bustling around his nets with gestures he knows by heart." (Emilie Padellec, NISIMAZINE)

 

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