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A 2016 interview for PunkCinema blog Pink8manifesto

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 Read more

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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 Read more

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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. (more…)

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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 Read more

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March ’16 fests

Just to write it here as well With #Beings we were accepted to four festivals until now. Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival Venice Film Week Martinique Film Festival

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Beings, review by Morgan Shnier

A breathtaking review by Morgan Shnier https://www.linkedin.com/in/morganshnier The 2015 film #Beings, Andrei Stefanescu’s second feature, is a partially experimental, partially narrative cinematic reflection on guilt, beauty, and obligation. The film tells the story of Eva (Doro Höhn), her estranged lover Teo (Catalin Jugravu), and their mutual friend Ana (Andrea Christina Furrer) Read more

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Beings review by Jimmy Lo

Our second review comes from another poet, his name is Jimmy Lo. It is so wonderful to find that the film you made is just seen by the wrong people. It is so amazing to see how value is nothing more than a collective, group characteristic, and has nothing to Read more

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Beings review by Jim Templeton

I’ve asked Jim if he would have time to see and review our film. He was kind enough to do it and wrote us an wonderful review of the film. Thank you so much. Jim Erasmus Lime Templeton is an award winning performance poet & writer. He has worked for Read more

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Beings review on Trisk blog

The amazing beautiful soul called Trisk wrote a review of our film: [Romanian only]   http://www.cinemateca.eu/2015/03/beings-un-short-contemplativ-apasator.html beings

#Beings este un film no-budget, in spiritul cinema du corps, al doilea al lui Paul Stefanescu. Cele 3 personaje, Eva, Teo si Ana sunt blocate intr-o relatie de iubire amestecata cu dispret si umilinta. In urma unei crize (aparent epileptice) a Evei, relatia ei cu Teo devine inacceptabila, astfel ca decide sa paraseasca triunghiul pentru a-si gasi o alta forma sub care sa se intoarca iubita din nou. Coloana sonora si prim-planurile prelungi sunt anxiogene, iar senzatia de claustrofobie se instaleaza din primele minute; personajele sunt scoase cu totul in afara confortului propriu si a rutinei placute. Lumea in care traiesc este, pe cat de noua, pe atat de lipsita de stimuli emotionali sau intelectuali. Fiecare din cei trei e prizonier intr-un corp, ca un extraterestru ce poarta un costum din piele de om... Ca spectator, esti prins intr-un vis greu si apasator, in care mai mult simti ce ti se intampla decat intelegi; ratiunea si pornirea ei critica sunt puse cu totul intre paranteze, ca si cum n-au existat niciodata. Actiunea e o rostogolire subconstienta, fatalista; prin mici insertii mistice, Stefanescu isi duce personajele intr-o zona in care nu mai pot fi "salvate", ci doar acceptate asa cum sunt. (more…)

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Fighting for a lost cause [Obscur]

Fighting for a lost cause. Fundraising for a new underground film project  OBSCUR Hei, we look for support to pay out actors in a new film project called OBSCUR an underground film project. And that being said, we look for an actress to play Mare a 20s girl that is Read more

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Mediacritica – Sleep Awake – review

Another great review for Sleep Awake, this time in Italy. “Ogni lingua ha un suo silenzio” (Elias Canetti) “Il silenzio è il linguaggio di tutte le forti passioni, dell’amore (anche nei momenti dolci), dell’ira, della meraviglia, del timore” (Giacomo Leopardi, Pensieri). Tale considerazione sembra permeare l’intera essenza di Sleep Awake, opera prima e indipendente del cineasta rumeno Andrei Stefanescu. È un’atmosfera dal forte sapore pinteriano a scandire l’incontro tra i due giovani protagonisti, Irina e Ilie, i quali si scrutano intensamente al parco, intavolano un fugace dialogo e decidono di “consumare” il loro primo ed unico rapporto sessuale fino all’inaspettato epilogo che segnerà la vita di entrambi. Ed è un interminabile silenzio tra un dialogo e l’altro a metaforizzare il turbamento interiore della “coppia per un giorno” e a cadenzare l’espressività e gestualità dei due giovani. Un vero e proprio cinéma du corps, dunque, quello proposto da Stefanescu, concettuale e sensoriale allo stesso tempo. Onirico e viscerale, Sleep Awake si avvale di uno stile strettamente amatoriale (evidente è l’utilizzo della camera a mano per buona parte delle riprese) e documentaristico, con ampio spazio all’improvvisazione recitativa e a brevi ed incisivi monologhi. Caratteristica dell’opera prima di Stefanescu è, inoltre, una dilatazione e scansione dei tempi narrativi secondo una logica naturale più che filmica. A tal proposito, si pensi alla passeggiata dei due amanti verso casa di lui prima dell’atto sessuale – il tutto cronometrato nei minimi dettagli e con un dosaggio centellinato del montaggio. A fare da sfondo è un utilizzo minimale della colonna sonora, presente in sole due scene chiave del film e intervallata dal suono diegetico di un cellulare che squilla. Attorno al vuoto esistenziale dei due giovani si dipana la desolazione di una Bucarest indifferente e spettrale, quasi ad omaggiare l’immagine straniante della periferia (more…)

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Ceva foarte ciudat

Ceva foarte ciudat se intimpla… 2000 de view-uri pe zi pe youtube pe 11, 12, 13 decembrie800 pe vimeo majoritatea din Pakistan, India, Grecia si Israel Pe piratebay a aparut un torrent pe 11 decembriecare a avut 600 de seederi, si 800 de leechersi si este pe toate toate siteurile Read more

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The Absolute Nothing

Si tot in decembrie, luna exploziei acestui film, au aparut, surprinzator si citeva comentarii primul comment pe IMDB venit din Grecia: se intitutleaza – the absolute nothing “I am very sorry that i can not give zero stars to this “movie”. It is the most wasted time of your life. Long, Read more

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No Subtitles Found – o noua recenzie DT

Asa da recenzie! “Mi-a plăcut de Ilie, ciudatul filmului. Un tumblr addict cu mutră tipică de tocilar, care o abordează pe Diana cu tupeul celui care ştie că nu are nimic de pierdut. La fel ca şi în cazul protagonistei – mişto şi natural jucat. Dar tot mai scapă câte Read more

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