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
No Man’s Land
Sleep Awake 2012
Piotr saw our film Beings from a post on the facebook group of the surrealmoviez.info artfilm site and wrote a great commentary on the yourube page of the film, then a beautiful serie of comments on the facebook post with my work. After a short time he deleted them, but fortunately they were all sent to my in the mail by fb and yt.
These commentaries on my films are utter against what I do but all of what he writes is true if we are aware of the essential difference in worldview between him and me. Everything that he sais no, and sais is bad, I see as good and affirmative.
So having that in mind I post here bellow the first of his commentaries. And at the end a link towards the more complex general art essay instigated by my films.
Do you know this long amazing scene from Greenaways “Baby of Macon”, which presents us with the alegory of an idiot – a naked man on a trapeze in a spasmatic inability to articulate, moaning and barking in a language-like manner, trapped in his disability, pitiful, grotesque, ugly, sublime, and ridiculous? This is the image of so called director of this movie I have in my mind. A dilletante, ignorant, oblivious, trapped in some kind of pop-nihilistic belief. A man impotent, clueless, without a vision, without a language, without any emotional depth, senseless, principial. His work, a piece of canonic kitch, ridicules the presumably raised topics into brainless mush. This cinema is anti-social and anti-human. Being independent does not mean being non-critical.
I found a short interview I gave in 2016 for a Punk Cinema Blog
What does your film express about today’s generation?
My movies talk about our amazing direction towards non duality. Towards a very sincere spirituality without too much preciousness. A generation of amazing understanding and tolerance.
What social circumstances lead you to make your new film?
I made Beings in a totally new society from my own. With people that were all in an open underground lifestyle. I ran away from my social life to make my films. Ive always looked for outsiders for my projects. Mostly because my films deal with exploring outside unknown things.
What do you think about the PINK8 Manifesto & Punk Cinema?
All punk art movements have been such great forces forward, so I love that you’ve made it as a manifesto with great power and trottle 🙂
It will create great great vibes and who knows what will come out of it. Thats what I love about punk. Its purely open to all things that come its way. All repercussions and reactions.
Whats is next for you?
Next for me is an art-porn project. A collection of videos that are rooted in existential use of sexuality and body as metaphor. Our bodies are a sort of medium, as cinema is, they transform either matter either perceptions or consciousness in such an amazing complex way that I felt compelled to use it as a main theme and subject.
interview for #pink8manifesto
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…
I never thought about film and spirit. I was asked to do it for theatre.
I would probably start to think about it in terms of genetics. If the enormous diversity of spirit was destroyed during war, if we are living frankensteins monsters after all, patched from the remains of our ancestors, weak and easily industrialised to the cores of our beings, it is perhaps time to become the mad scientist of Jurassic Park, and try to revive the old strange spirits, to crossbreed them with the modern man, to hybridize. Film has this power, it cuts and glues the frames like you cut and glue the genetic code. After all the best post-modern art did just that. But it’s the hardest of all tasks. I don’t think anyone ever succeeded, no, sorry, Greenaway is perhaps the only exception I can think of, obviously he can not be mentioned without Sacha Vierny, those two are like a single being. The reason I don’t give you more examples is that I’m not that fluent in cinema, there are certainly a few more, I’m sure. In this metaphor of film as a spiritual genetic code, what we should not forget is the biology of that code, the epigenetics – how to make a true living code, not just a mash-up of your favourite music and image, with a bit of snobism, that will become a lifeless mutant incapable of breathing and breeding on its own. If someone was to really conjure spirits on film I’d say he should start with understanding how the machine of spiritual reproduction works. I would then notice, that as in genetics, it would be safe to introduce a single gene, a single important mutation, rather then trying to spawn into totality some ancient, or new form. Continue reading
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.
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. Continue reading
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.
You can now check out my performance videos too.
I have made a pinterest board to gather art references for our film project Apologia
Our friend Guillaume Moreau just created the film’s imdb page.
We are now officially born.
Cultartes is the only magazine that liked what we do and wrote about our projects and struggles, the only one that understands and enjoys projects that are outside of mainstreams,
and now again they write so beautifully about Obscur 2.0 film,
thank you guys sooo soo much
your magazine promotes such a great culture and community.
Waaa soo soo beautiful, FILM New Europe wrote about our project, it is a great exposure for us and we thank them very much for their open heart to our kind of film.
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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
you can see the full movie at
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.