THE FINNISH COW (20', Romania, 2012)

 

Inspired by Guillemo Vargas, an artist who exhibited in 2008 at Habakkuk Centroamericana Honduras Biennale a very original artwork (a dog that was left to die of hunger), THE FINNISH COW by GHEORGHE PREDA depicts the story of a farmer, Fane, who sells a breed cow to a contemporary art museum, unaware of the fact that exhibiting that animal in a museum will cause him to radically change his life. 

Director: GHEORGHE PREDA

 

Cast: TOMA CUZIN, MARIA OBRETIN

Screenplay: GHEORGHE PREDA

Cinematography: MARIUS PANDURU

Editing: MIHAI CODLEANU

Sound: ANDREI CONSTANTINESCU

Producer: CRISTIAN COMEAGA

Production: DOMINO FILM Ltd.



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GHEORGHE PREDA (b. 1960) a Romanian director who studied filmmaking in Bucharest and Paris (a degree at the National University of Drama and Film, Bucharest and a master in cinema and audiovisual at the Sorbonne). After graduating, he worked in television and made 6 short fiction movies and 5 documentaries for television, as well as music videos and commercials. Now he is a professor at the University of Drama and Film, Bucharest. At the same time, he is the Artistic Director of the Realitatea TV news station. He received the Filmmakers Union award twice, the APTR National Television Award twice and three times the Special Jury Award at the Dakino International Film Festival. In 1996, he was awarded the Grand Prize at the Art Movie Festival in Teplice, Slovakia, with a documentary on Marcel Chirnoaga.

 

Montpellier 2012 / Valladolid 2012 / Cambridge IFF 2012 / Calgary IFF 2012 / Edmonton IFF 2012 etc.

 

"Even if the film seems to be an easy comedy, our visual style requirements are very high. (...) We shall use very slow camera movements in order to describe the space, to highlight a tense temporality and offer a more fluid cinematic experience. We are also interested in creating a mixture of high culture (the world of the museum), and a popular one (represented by the so-called country life). The joining these two opposite areas, will be ironically made in a postmodernist mix. Obviously, the overall approach of the film will be light, comical. But, at the same time, we want to touch on some very serious topics, such as the gratuitousness of art, the right of life and death that we abusively exercise on animals and the devotion of a human being to an animal." (GHEORGHE PREDA)

 

"Funny, philosophical and bitter at the same time, THE FINNISH COW by GHEORGHE PREDA seems to contradict the concept of the aesthetic autonomy that affirms art is valuable as art, that artistic pursuits are their own justification and that art does not need a moral justification — and indeed, is allowed to be morally neutral or subversive. But even tough the Kantian legacy freed nowadays artists from the burden of ethics and morale, the director of this film has a point: is it OK for a artist to let an animal starve to death for art`s sake?" (Andrei Luca, BIEFF 2012)

 

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