THE SALT BOULDER (21’, France, 2012)

 

Daringly experimenting both in the way to re-experience the historical past and in cinematic form, THE SALT BOULDER takes us back at the beginning of the Romanian communist era. There is an acute shortage of dwellings. The government decides even the dimension and the way to put prefabs together. The only job left to the architects is to think how to cram the people inside. They don’t manage themselves to acquire the legal conditions to have a place to live in. They are homeless architects. Looking for a place to sleep becomes an endless wandering in a stifling space, having no borders but any expanse either. Everything is lost: the projects, the constructions, and the self. 

Director: ELIZA MUREȘAN

With the support of:

   

 

Cast: GEORGE PIȘTEREANU, ANDREI SEUȘAN, LUCIAN IFTIME, CRISTINA VREMEȘ

Screenplay: ELIZA MUREȘAN

Cinematography: JULIEN GUILLERY

Editing: ELIZA MUREȘAN

Animation: CRISTIAN VĂRARU

Sound: SEBASTIEN CABOUR, RAPHAELLE DUQUESNOY

Production: LE FRESNOY



World Sales

LE FRESNOY - STUDIO NATIONAL DES ARTS CONTEMPORAINS

NATALIA TREBIK - DIFFUSION DES OEUVRES ET PROGRAMMES

+33(0)3 20 28 38 64 / +33(0)6 60 15 54 52

www.lefresnoy.net

ntrebik[at]lefresnoy[dot]net

 

Director's contact: elizamuresan[at]yahoo[dot]com

 

 

ELIZA MURESAN (b. 1987, Bucharest) is a young emerging filmmaker and video artist, passionate about photography and experimental art. She studied at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf (2005-2008), then she went to Paris to continue her education in Beaux Arts. In 2007 she presented the film KNIE KLEID GARN in Kunstfilmtag (Dusseldorf), film which was also selected for the Screen Festival Oslo. She contributed to numerous collective exhibitions in Europe and the USA.

 

World Premiere

 

It is 1959 in Bucharest. The film shoot is taking place in LE FRESNOY studio, with actors from Romania. The studio becomes a space ship and sends us back to the beginning of the Romanian communist era, with absolutely none of the specific iconography (...) The outside spaces are projections of digital images on a screen. So the outside remains inaccessible. In deliberate fashion, I chose not to use conventional incrusted images by filming characters on a green screen and adding 3D images during the post-production; I would like the co-existence of the characters and the 3D to be a common present in the film studio and not a later invention in the post-production sequence. The set is not symbolic but it is the real space where these people live, eat, drink and are overcome by sleep.” (ELIZA MURESAN)

 

THE SALT BOULDER captures the absurd and the hopelessness of the 50s in Romania, from an unsettlingly timely perspective. The story follows three architects who design more than buildings, streets or trams, they design the life itself. While they become, themselves, the victims of this project. The investigation of the visual artist of Romanian origin ELIZA MURESAN is enhaced by the inspired production design choice to reflect the reality of those times in the shape of 3D projections of an architecture project, in which the characters live, dream and hope daily, without realizing that they are captive in a political world without exits.” (Ioana Mischie, BIEFF 2012)

 

 

 

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