PUZZLE (3', Romania, 2012)

 

PUZZLE by ANDREEA MĂDĂLINA ȘTEFAN is a student film that discusses the problem of defining yourself in an abstract context in which things are no longer what they seem to be. Studying the difference between appearance and essence, PUZZLE is a cinematic essay structured like an aphoristic collection about the continuous struggle of understanding yourself.

Director: ANDREEA MĂDĂLINA ȘTEFAN

 

Cast: ANDREEA MĂDĂLINA ȘTEFAN, PISTEA OANA ELISABETA, KERTESZ ENDRE, BLAGA GEORGE, MATEI ALEXANDRU

Sound: STERIAN ALIN

Production: UNIVERSITATEA DE ARTA SI DESIGN CLUJ-NAPOCA



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ANDREEA MĂDĂLINA ȘTEFAN is a student at the Art and Design University Cluj. Her works explore a variety of media, from drawing, painting and animation to mixed media and digital and film processing. Her works are mentioned in a theory book about visual arts, called "Visage et envisagement". She also published various articles on visual arts for the art magazine "Forma" and exhibited her works at the Art and Design University.

 

"Life is a puzzle, words are weapons, but there comes a time when we smile and accept it. We are only some puzzle pieces and we function following a pattern, a pattern with strings, a pattern made for God's amusement. ‘Both you and me, we perfectly represent this organized chaos. God takes part in our carnival and the main event has just started…’ The film was made in response to a homework assignment called Ecce Homo. It is in our nature to be willing to know more about what defines us; hence my desire to surprise and make the viewers question themselves. The more we debate around different topics, the more difficult our mission becomes. Self- confidence and the connection to reality that keeps us safe in our comfort zone seem to be questioned. I relied more on the text and narration, which were, in fact, my starting-point. I tried to make a short film that would enter the viewer`s mind and leave a trace behind, no matter how ambiguous that trace is." (ANDREEA MĂDĂLINA ȘTEFAN)