Nikola Gocic review for our film #Beings

today we received such a wonderful gift
and amazing insightful review by Nikola Gocić
for our film shoot in Berlin in 2015
its such an amazing feeling when you find in another the magic understanding of Nikola towards your work
that seldom people have courage to feel and go with to the end
thank you soo soo much Nikola
you should see his blog, he has some amazing reviews

Philippe Grandrieux meets Šarūnas Bartas under a leaden sky in Andrei Stefanescu’s sophomore feature – a lyrical, genre-defying meditation on love, guilt, distress, solitude, friendship, madness and the irreversible loss of oneself during the unstoppable decent into nothingness.

A spiritual sequel to an off-kilter, nihilistic, (anti)romantic ‘drama’ Sleep Awake (Dormi Trezeste-te), #Beings is a highly unconventional piece of (no-budget) cinema; an almost wordless, unapologetically gloomy poem which plunges you into the innermost depths of human soul.

It focuses on three young people who seem to have been stripped of their very essence and turned into somnambulists, completely unaware of the unforgiving reality. Teo (Catalin Jugravu) is a photographer who is so enamored with his job, he barely notices his girlfriend Eva (Doro Höhn) and their mutual friend Ana (Andrea Christina Furrer). They look for affection, yet they ostracize each other in times of need, isolating themselves in the suffocating cocoons of despair.

Although we know nothing about them, their pain is almost tangible, materialized in the air surrounding both them and us, the viewers. It is hardly a pleasant experience, but it is deeply felt, especially if you are prone to fits of melancholy. And the moody atmosphere – supported by ominous humming and occasionally bordering psychological horror – is so thick you can taste its bitterness.

In order to capture the protagonists’ tortured mental and emotional states reflected on their faces – in subtle microexpressions and/or eyes gazing into foggy distance – Stefanescu mostly employs close-ups and mid-shots to great effect. His portraiture is simultaneously intimate and cold, his film immersive and alienating, set in the world of eternal grays.

There is not even a glimmer of hope on the horizon, which is aptly emphasized by the poignant, disturbingly calm finale playing out against the backdrop of sunset over Teufelsberg…

My films are whispers to the soul, interview for Detur La Preciziei

After a superb review on my latest film, #Beings, here, the film critic Maria Mantaluta asked me a few beautiful questions about filmmaking and my work.
http://deturlapreciziei.uk/films-whispers-soul-interview-paul-stefanescu

M.M.: I’m not sure how well, or even if, our readers know you (even after the review for one of your films, #Beings), so why don’t we start with a short introduction.
P.S.: Amateur filmmaker

M.M.: That was very short indeed, so I’ll just add that Paul Stefanescu is a passionate filmmaker (not sure about the amateur part, but so be it), who’s not only making films (…and other arts) but also hosted film screenings in Bucharestand is a breathing, moving performer. Personally, I always felt that your social media accounts are more like an on going virtual performance. But it’s not me speaking here, so let’s get back to our questions.
What can you tell us about your older projects?
P.S.: #Beings and Sleep-Awake, two “exorcism” films, as someone once described them. 
If that doesn’t make our readers curious, I don’t know what will.

M.M.: How did you start making films? What’s your relationship with film schools?
 P.S.: It’s a bit more complicated. My first encounter with film was in UNATC ( the National University of Theatrical and Cinematographic Arts “Ion Luca Caragiale Bucharest), but it took me like 10 years to find my own direction in film, and in the way of making it, in which to truly believe. Making film is hard, and you need deep beliefs, to be able to “sacrifice” your whole life for a few film scenes. It took me a long time to grasp a meaning of art and to discover what is art in me. And what in me would matter to others. A never ending search for truth.
In what concerns film schools, my only contact was with UNATC, a good place to form a network and to develop a sort of passion for film. Even so, I do not advise anyone willing to learn film to follow a Romanian film school. For us, in Romania,  school seems to be, still, a poetical act.

 M.M.: What do you aim for when you’re making films, what are your expectations? From yourself, from the “final cut”, from the public?
 P.S.: It’s a classical route in art, first, you have a revelation – an understanding of something that is beyond linguistic discourse, especially if you are “a visual creature”. And then, you try to bring what you’ve understood, which is circumstantially dependent on a narrative and dramatic context, to an existential form.
It’s an emotional, intuitive and deep process. Of course, if you choose this creative path. What interests me the most is rediscovering the essences and being aware of them – that’s at the core of my stories.
I try to be totally honest. It’s really hard. And during the making of a film, being honest with your story, with yourself and with the essence you want to depict, all shape a different world. A world that pays for the effort, the pain, and the fight of keeping oneself open to it. And not only to the story, but it’s really important to stay open and true with the people you’re working with, and observe their own way of relating to the story. It’s a magical process. For me. For the people, I work with. For the public.
I, like Claire Denis, wish for the public to watch my films in the most open intimacy. Not collectively in a hall. My films are whispers to the soul. That’s why only a few can accept them, decipher them and connect with them. It’s hard nowadays to be totally open in this world.



 M.M: I know your interest goes beyond film, and covers other visual arts as well, or better said, your interest is in Visual Arts. What place does film have in this scheme?
 P.S.: Film isn’t film anymore for me. It stopped being a label, a definition of an artistic product. Film is simply a medium, like words. Normally, film means a complex process of production and distribution. The rest is art. Read more… »

CASTING pentru CAMERAMICA nobudget lung metraj

#CASTING pentru proiectul microbudget Camera Mica – un proiect de film underground de lung metraj produs de Qualiafilm scris si regizat de Paul Stefanescu
15zile de filmare la inceputul lunii Iulie in Bucuresti

Camera Mica este proiectul care dintre cele multele pe care am incercat sa le promovez si-a gasit un minunat co-producator care aduce intreg echipamentul, locatiile, masinile din film si multe obiecte necesare din scenografie si chiar ceva fonduri si ajutor pe partea de postproductie.
Si desigur, chiar cu tot acest minunat ajutor, tot avem nevoie de ajutorul si suportul vostru pe partea de promovare si distributie/promovare mai apoi.
Si acesta este si un apel catre toti cei cu care ne cunoastem si ca si pina acum din jena mea de a va intreba daca vreti sa veniti in proiect, astept cu mare mare draag mesajul vostru. <3
[email qualia.film@gmail.com]

CAST
#Amala – 20s-30s – female, edgy, almost crazy all the time, intense – top only nudity
#Gloria – 14-16 yo female – daughter of Amala, morbid passive violent type.
#John – 30s – male English speaking, the British husband of Amala – reasonable polite patient
#Morven – 20s 30-s male, contemplative, spiritual passive man
#Vilho – 40s – male, contemporary art curator and mafioso
#Paul – late 20s – heroin junkie type, assistant to Vilho the mafioso
#Omny – 20s-30s – female, shy, skinny, sick looking – with a small baby if possible
#TaxiDriver – 30s – muscular gang looking compassionate and a family man

small roles – #Mother 55s, #Father 55s, #PoliceOfficer 30s
professional or non-professional actors or artists interested in our direction of filmmaking

CREW
assistant producer/organizer – with car
costume designer
scenographer
makeup – special effects – knife wounds, blood wounds, wild dirty
sound recording team
composer

[all cast and crew must be interested in body metaphor and the poetics of intimacy]
[the script is free to read, either here or on my blog qualiafilm.com]
[please be sure to check our past projects before applying. it would be so nice to know something about my direction as film and art before wanting to join this project]

Interviu Andrei Stefanescu de Codruta Corocea

Codruta m-a intrebat citeva lucruri despre ce fac eu prin filmele pe care le fac, intr-un interviu pentru revista scolii ei.
Pe Codruta o gasesti cel mai bine pe instagram si facebook si ea un artist vizual implicata in alternative fashion si tot ce inseamna alternative culture.

Spune-mi te rog puțin despre temele majore care razbat în filmele tale,
Nu prea ma pricep la teme. Acestea ar fi frumos de gasit de oameni cu o pregatire mai intelectuala decit mine. Sint citeva cronici facute la filmele mele, probabil pe acolo sa se intuiasca la ceva teme. Habar n-am. Eu sint cumva pozitionat la celalat capat al vederii unui film.

Tu ce obsesii ai? Se manifestă ele în vreun fel în ceea ce faci?
Toate filmele si videourile mele vin cumva din obsesii interioare precognitive. Ma intereseaza mult nu sa enuntez idei, cit sa explorez zone umane foarte intime si secrete din om si dintre om si om. Cele mai multe sint nespuse inca. De aceea filmele mele sint un fel de cheie care deschide zone neexistente inca, si am tot primit acest mesaj de la oameni, cit de ciudat si de neinteles este experienta de a vedea un film, dar cit de revealing intr-un fel inca neprelucrat.

Ce lucruri îți plac și ce lucruri te sperie?
Imi plac foarte mult oamenii de nouageneratie care nu au acea osoasa suspiciune fata de tot si toate. Pentru ca fara sinceritatea si incredere in ceilalti este imposibil sa sapam in noi insine si sa exploram umanitati si naturi umane.
Cel mai mult ma sperie cind imi mai aduc aminte ca am trait o perioada intr-o lume in care totul era minciuna si adevarul era si el instantaneu transformat intr-o aluzie, intr-un sens alterat, intr-un instrument de abuz. O sufocare paranoiaca la nivel de intreaga societate. Ma bucur mult ca am reusit sa ies si si mai si sa imi pot exprima complet adinca sinceritate. Atit cit este ea la fiecare moment din timp.

Spune-mi despre cum e să faci film fără un buget propriu-zis și fără profit,
Exista o minunata libertate si sinceritatea din partea celor implicati, atunci cind faci un film numai si numai din placerea si credinta in acele idei si emotii. Si de aceea echipele sint foarte strinse iar experienta este foarte des una magica si minunata.
Dar pentru a stringe o echipa potrivita in jurul unui proiect nobudget este foarte foarte greu, si nu totdeauna un succes. Este un act mult prea spiritual pentru multi si de aceea nu se implica.
Iar atunci cind intervine plata, si circularea banilor, daca nu exista un sistem deja fluid, cum este acela cultural festivalier, finantat de un stat si noprofit, nu prea se poate face film, cumparind oameni si lucruri.
Read more… »

Beings, review by Maria Mantaluta

I’ve asked Maria Mantaluta to write a small text about our 2015, Beings. And she was kind enough to see the film and wrote this amazing text. Its so wonderful to find people that understand and open to ones work. Thank you so much Maria for your kind and beautiful words.

you can find the whole text on her film blog
http://mariabiancam.coventry.domains/personal-notes/beings-2015-a-film-by-andrei-stefanescu/

you can see the full movie at
http://qualiafilm.com/blog/2015/02/15/beings-2015-indie-full-movie-eng-subs

Some films you follow, some films follow you. #Beings can easily fall in the second category of films which end up by following you for a while after watching it. It’s neither beautiful nor narrative. It is not everybody’s cup of tea; for some might be a whole kettle, while for others less than a cup. It might actually not even be a cup of tea. A dark atmospheric underground no-budget production, which proves once again that a film is more than polished visuals, special effects, and Hollywood stars, it is firstly a feeling, an experience, meaning exactly what lingers when narrative is erased from memory and images fade into colours.

Starting from a Eva, the film brings together a tormented love triangle, struggling with their own inner beings in an amalgam of guilt, love, lust, grief, loneliness, friendship, madness and absurdity which contours the human existence. Looking for and banishing each other at the same time, while looking for themselves, every character falls into its own interior world, trying to hide and escape their own anxieties. There is an uneasiness, a claustrophobic feeling of suffocation, an impossibility of breaking free. The film attracts its viewers and estranges them at the same time and with the same means. An hour of slow drowning, of diving into the most obscure and meaningless fears, an hour of industrial sound followed by crushing silence, which takes its passive viewers from Marie Claire to the desolate outskirts of Berlin.

Eva (Doro Hohn), Teo (Cătălin Jugravu), Ana (Andrea Christina Furrer) are just names in a hurricane of desperation and helplessness, each one enduring the guilt of the others’ suffering. No reason, no logic, no desire of going back to a once lost normality, probably; and love is not the solution as it usually is in a cliché of a world, but the trigger of irrationality itself. As I consider Andrzej Zulawski’s Cosmos (2015) to have a world of its own, which does not wait to be deciphered by its viewers, so does #Beings; the film does not try to explain itself, and it does not need to. The characters live in their own world, a world with no map, no directions.

#Beings gives no glimpses of a so-called normality, no light, no warmth, and once you start watching it you find yourself caught in a foggy loop as strange as it is familiar, through the clew of emotions and expressions it depicts, and which are nevertheless deeply and indisputable human. A poem of greyish images, the 53 minutes are a route from tense trepidation to quiet stillness. All the quick shots in the beginning, the long takes of the human body, Ana’s burdened gaze, and Eva’s cries for help melt into the static image of the sun setting over the industrial remains of something which was long forgotten.

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Helping us is your amazing love gift that connects us together and out of it creates all this stories and art that opens another world, an inner world where all is open and free. Your gift is love. Your gift is understanding for what we do and what we struggle to do in a world that has forgotten or lost among lies, the exercise of pure heart.I made a monthly donation of 2 /10 /25 euros choices below in the drop down menu. Sometimes it is easier to help with very very small regular amounts.

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Showreel

Now for everybody out there that wanted to see what I do in filmmaking today I’ve made a small showreel that recaps some of the films and videos I’ve made since 2008.

Thank you all soo soo much for all your help, belief and sacrifice for these films to be made and screened in Romania and all over the world. Thank you my amazing romanian and german crews, thank you sooo soo much you amazing souls that you are dear dear actors, thank you beautiful reviewers, critics and viewers from all over the world that opened your souls and minds and feelings in front of these little films.
It was and it still is an amazing journey in film and I am the luckiest human to have met you and shared with you at least a small part of real and direct soul.
Thank you soo soo much to all.
And lets keep telling stories about our amazing sacred human experience.

Image is mirror, what we feel and see in it shows us more than the ones in the mirror.
Image/story is an intuitive language that can empathize with others outside ideas. Outside concepts, languages.

My films are about the difficult process that we need to undergo so that we can come back to life, or to understand it. Not to enjoy it, not to be happy, but just merely to experience it. Happiness has nothing to do with Truth, with direct touch of life.
So no Beauty. But as much truth and wake up moments as possible. As much angles feelings reactions and objects upon reality so that our all being can transcend it even for a very brief moment.

The reel contains pieces from the films
Interior Skies
No Man’s Land
Returning
Silence Series
Meno
Sleep Awake 2012
Earth Eye
#Beings 2015

dec16 facebook posts

you first do your art with the ones you fuck with
then you do it and with the ones they fuck
and if lucky one of all these people has some money
or fucks some art dealer
or some critic
or some media mogul
or some royalty
and your art becomes art

from now on
please replace the word
#art
with the word
#story

you should start learning what you are
and quit trying to be what you want

my words are objects
crafted materia
gift
to your breath

contemporary art
is only for those that refuse organised religion, organised education and organised knowledge
organised working life, organised social life, organised love life

why is the body more important than the mind?
because the mind you can kill time and time again
the body only once
the body is closer and more attentive to experience and life, than the mind
the body is real
the mind is not
the body is silent
the mind is not
that is why I am so interested in the body and not in the mind
not in socials
or politics
they all flow out of body and our relationship with our own, and with the other’s Read more… »

Obscur cast and crew

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Looking for:
CAST
#Mare – 20s-30s – female, nudity, simulated sexual scenes, animalic, trance like, wilde character, no text
#Nuku – 20s 30-s male, nudity, erection, simulated sex + violence
#Clara – 20s-30s – female, nudity, sexual scenes
professional or non-professional – Romania or Europeean – Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, or any other open minded introspective country and culture

CREW
assistant producer/organizer – with car
costume designer
scenographer
DOP – lights color and camera counseling
makeup – special effects – knife wounds, blood wounds, wild dirty
sound recording team

LOCATION
one big room 70m2 or larger – heated for november – industrial or in a weird closed area
Bucharest – or any other city in Europe
SCENOGRAPHY
old furniture and objects to borrow for 1 month

[all cast and crew must be interested in body metaphor and sexual poetics]
[the script is free to read, either here or on my blog qualiafilm.com]
[please be sure to check our past projects before applying. it would be so nice to know something about my direction as film and art before wanting to join this project]

Obscur financial help

I want to make this underground film and I need a little help to gather some money to pay for a space and for small rentals that I can’t convince people to help me out of revolutionary conviction or belief in our ideas and direction of film.
Could you help me with 2,3 euros please,

Donations or any other help coming from you will add you to the secret group of those that will see the film, of those that will get inside news about the film. Photos, cast, rehearsals, making off. Deleted scenes.

qualiafilm.com/obscurfilmdonation [paypal]

Obscur 2.0 film help needed

We are getting ready for our new project #Obscur a crazy intimate transgressive underground film. With it we will finish a trilogy of the body. SleepAwake2012, #Beings2015, Obscur2016
[it would be great to partner-up with a #coproduction company for #distribution and #promotion of the film]
If you would like to keep in touch or help us, please follow our new page and contact us.
We need your help, support and share.
Any help from you with the promotion,
making, finding things cast and crew,
participate or share of this project, towards its completion,
will guarantee your access to the private screenings of the film through a secret group with exclusive access to the film and the process of making it.
Photos, info, videos, personal messages, meetings, special events and many more.
contact us at – paul at qualifilm.com

Why underground film?

De ce film? Well, pentru ca filmul ramine intact in timp si se cumuleaza. Pentru ca este un instrument de schimbare culturala ffff puternic. Pentru ca este mai sincer ca fotografia si mai echilibrat emotional ca muzica. Filmul le include pe toate si contine acela minunata inventie – povestea. Inventie care este cumva exteriorizarea organica a unui holism interior. Emotional, traditional, genetic, reactiv, rational, cultural. Povestea ne ajuta sa impartasim experiente comune si sa le descoperim. Filmul ne ajuta sa vedem si sa constientizam.
Its not about a better more efficient and successful life. But about a more meaningful and open life.

About Silence

What I am trying to learn, and what making films keeps on teaching me, is how to find, in what I don’t have, in what I can’t reach, the same reward and the same lessons and experiences as when you have all resources you need and desire, to achieve that inner universal revelations.
Step by step I understand that such a milestone, such an idyllic first doesn’t exist.
That what you don’t have is the same with what you have.
There is no redemption in the having the best.
There is no doom in not having.
Its all too simple and sincere to depend on outside conditions, circumstances, dynamics, threats, rewards or things.
All can be found in silence.
All can be shared in silence.
All can be revealed in silence.

Obscur Project Presentation

I feel from time to time the need to explain my projects, I feel that people will understand me better if I talk to them personally 🙂
Now I talk a little about our new space where I want to explore some of my ideas, in a owned space, no more running around asking people for borrowing theirs.
And also about our film project Obscur – a +18 film that so many people are afraid of. I try to ease their minds and suspicions.