DONNA MUST DIE (12', Romania, 2012)

 

"A pastiche of noir films and, at the same time, homage to the pasticheur par excellence, The Mighty Tarantino. The filmmakers play with the conventions of the cinema of the 30s, and under this game one can feel a tender nostalgia." (FILM MENU) A lawn gnome, a quiet motel on a desolated road and one too many games draw the story of DONNA MUST DIE, a very tricky tell, with a twist to chill your laugh. Fred, a passive aggressive husband, confronts his urge for revenge after his lifeless wife Donna accidentally destroys his most valued possession. Once Donna leaves town, Fred starts planning his escape.

Director: ISMAIL JAMALUDIN, DRAGOȘ DULEA

 

Cast: DORU BOGUȚĂ, VALERIA CRISTIA

Cinematography: CĂTĂLIN TOMA

Editing: DRAGOȘ DULEA

Sound: DRAGOȘ DULEA

Producer: ISMAIL JAMALUDIN, DRAGOȘ DULEA

Production: EAT US ALIVE FILMS



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Well known for his criminally saturated films with odd stories and subjects ranging from a hitman's nightmare, to the playfully fictitious world of hug prostitution, ISMAIL JAMALUDIN graduated from the National University of Drama and Film Bucharest in 2010. He directed a number of music videos and short films, including Donna Must Die!, The Lost Art Of Hug Prostitution (2010), Zippo (2009), Murderer (2008). Drummer and film editor DRAGOȘ DULEA graduated Film Editing and Sound Design from the same National University of Drama and Film Bucharest in 2010. He has worked as editor, sound designer and visual effects artist on a number of short films and made his first forays into film directing, along with Anda Pușcaș, with the documentary Stremț 89.

 

New Filmmakers Los Angeles 2012 / "Nina Behar' Directing Award & Editing Award - Cinemaiubit International Student Film Festival Bucharest 2011 / Atlanta 2012 / Transylvania IFF 2012 / Vegas Cine Fest 2012 / Guanajuato 2012 / ShortsUp 2012 etc.

 

„Ismail Jamaludin is not new to this crime business. His short films seem to test the ground of policier and film noir, mixed with black comedy. The story of DONNA MUST DIE is a pastiche of genre, but a pastiche made in a self-conscious search for a personal style. With the help of voice-over and Sin City graphic novel arsenal, we see how a lawn gnome can make a turning point in a relationship. Well, in fact the relationship is not really to judge here, but the killer's mind, a well-used excuse for the directors to go shabang in comics and 1940's boogie-woogie." (Andrei Dobrescu, BIEFF 2012)

 

“To judge the film in terms of story and character would be unfair. Its charm lies in its style. Cinematographic references such as: the expressionistic play of light and shadow, the reconstruction of a typical film noir shot (the one of Fred with his Humphrey Bogart hat as he looks out the window through the blinds, red light flashing intermittently on his face as he contemplates the idea of murder), the use of graphic novel-type design (reminding of SIN CITY in the way it illustrates the protagonist’s thoughts – Fred’s fantasies of murdering Donna), an allusion to PULP FICTION by using a ’60s surf song (the scene in which they believe they’re being followed) and referencing a series of movies through a dialogue montage (overlapping what in the story was supposed to be a TV show that triggers the criminal impulse in the protagonist) – all of these add to the cinephile’s arrogant pleasure of being able to identify them.” (Lavinia Cioacă)

 

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