COLLECTIVE IDENTITY (15', Romania, 2012)

 

Combining classical and contemporary dance elements, based on movements generated by emotions, COLLECTIVE IDENTITY is a journey inside the dancers’ mind, while they are attempting to regain their uniqueness. A sensuous essay about a group of dancers that face fear, love and pain while trying to find themselves after having left aside the belief in what they ought to be.

Director: SANDRA MAVHIMA, RADU ALDEA

 

Cast: GALINA BOBEICU, IRINA STRUNGĂREANU, SANDRA MAVHIMA, MUGUR VALSAMI, MOMO SANNO

Screenplay: SANDRA MAVHIMA

Cinematography: RADU ALDEA

Editing: MARIAN ENE

Music: TOM BRÂNDUȘ

Sound: TOM BRÂNDUȘ

Producer: RADU ALDEA

Production: ROLLIN FILM



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Director's contact: sandra[dot]mavhima[at]gmail[dot]com, radu[at]rollin[dot]ro

 

 

Both directors attended The National University of Drama and Film Bucharest, where MAVHIMA (b.1984) graduated from choreography and ALDEA (b.1972) from cinematography. Dancer of the National Operetta Theatre, from 2006 SANDRA MAVHIMA established herself as a freelance artist. She has taken part in ballet gales, musicals, theatre plays, TV and circus shows, contemporary dance performances and has taught contemporary dance. From 2008 she started signing choreographies for musical events, advertising and theatre. Currently studying History of Art, she explores in her work the influence of emotion and everyday life on movement. RADU ALDEA’s advertising productions have been awarded with Best Social TV spot, Ad'Or, Gold Effie, Silver Epica, Gold Globe/World Media Festival and MTV Music Award.

 

NexT International Film Festival Bucharest 2012 / Shorts Up Bucharest 2012

 

”The surveillance, the thirst, the cold, the feeling of a lost paradise coalesce in a pendulum movement between reality and fantasy, adding such tension to the viewing experience that you will feel like a part of it.”  (SANDRA MAVHIMA & RADU ALDEA)

 

"Set in a post-industrial framework evoking a dystopian world, COLLECTIVE IDENTITY broaches the clash between harmony and entropy through the oppositional positing of classical and contemporary dance. The choreographer - dressed in a ballet costume with the apron of a butcher on top, always demanding discipline and perfection from his students - stands more or less for a bygone era of harmony. At the other end, the dancers, usually accompanied by electronic music, appear as human beings in a continuous metamorphosis, whose complexity is too difficult to seize in just one form of expression. One of the main questions raised by the two directors concerns precisely this molding process conducted by a classically trained mentor. Where does one stand in a collectivity? And more importantly, does being part of a collectivity presuppose the effacing of one’s individual identity? Like a hidden observer, the camera explores the intimacy of this group, with sudden irruptions of black and white or red in the earthy color scale, focusing on the vividness of the body movements." (Andreea Mihalcea, BIEFF 2012)

 

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