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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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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. (more…)

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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 Read more

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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 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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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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One nation under CCTV

Sabina a gasit un articol in slovena pe tumblr despre filmul Romanesc in care este pomenit si Dormi trezeste-te, cu un mic google translator iata ce a iesit: "Ultra-independent film Sleep Awake (year 2012, directed by Andrei Stefanescu) is a classic example of contemporary Romanian cinema. Contemplative and monotonous in the best sense of the word. As is sometimes monotonous and routine life itself. Sometimes it seems that a man needs a boost, self-confidence, certainty and confirmation. Even a woman in the very introduction to this obscure film confesses his story. Long, nearly 15-minute-long continuous scene sets the beginnings of this piece of celluloid. Confirm speculation about seeking pleasure and challenge in life. Untitled half-naked woman is lying in bed and you ask questions. As in the confessional, the story comes from the camera and the viewer. He hates silence. I want it pulled, feels his skin and saliva that drips into her mouth, penetration, hard buttocks. The only goal in life is to fulfill her in the arms of another. Without pretensions, and sexual concerns. Skorajda raw, flexible in their sexual perversion. Ta monologue is full of questioning, denial and outright hatred. As if a man spits in the face, as it ignores own actions and body. The entire film is made up of long, meditative scene, carrying the story, which is actually not at all. Slow cinema, realized in motionless silence, perceived views and gentle touch. Natural light from human skin makes Kingdom senses, which creates feminine beauty, even when reluctantly listen to her words and wonder at the fact that someone who has been in your life a bed of roses, so disdainful look at the world and people (more…)

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Sleeping Awake While Reading the World

a beautiful interview with our producer Anda, about the film and our future projects

 http://bucharest-tips.com/guide/sleeping-awake-while-reading-the-world-an-interview-with-a-romanian-independent-movie-producer/
An Interview with a Romanian Independent Movie Producer ”Sleep Awake” has hunted the virtual space since its completion, in 2012. Sensorial, visceral disturbing as ghosts usually are. They said it was a movie about the living silence around us. About the fight between our fears and desires. Some attended the screenings in a few artsy bars/clubs in Bucharest. Some loved it. Some hated it. Nobody left without a reaction. Anda, 24, the film’s producer, says that there is no other hard essence of the film than the disclosure of the most intimate feelings of each observer. Excitement, disorder, trouble, confusion, unrest. Maybe more. Anda and Andrei, producer and director, completed Sleep Awake, a Romanian independent movie and they already have plans for new films: “Linear A”, telling the story of an unusual couple, dealing with poverty and trying to make noise music as a band and “Thraum”, a more complex project, needing a budget, the story of a child that metamorphoses, as he got growing a pair of spectacular butterfly wings. Sleep Awake is available for watching online or download here or you can order a hard copy here. We met Anda on a cold Sunday morning in the middle of the deserted battlefield of the Old Centre and soon shared common feelings about Bucharest, its people and places, which made everything much easier. Short-haired, vivid eyes, straightforward and natural, Anda is somehow representative (she might not agree:) for the new generation of people doing things out of passion and conviction, having something to say to the world without being driven by the financial rewards (which are good, when not a purpose.) She thinks independent, acts independent and has a weakness for independent films. What Qualia Films means? Qualia Films is a concept/film production house, without a legal statute, dealing with films about marginal groups with the intention of exploring things that are out of reach or that we are usually scared of. It started with the core team Andrei, me, Sorin Nainer and the assistant director, Sabina. My first project with Andrei (a test drive also, that’s how we’ve met) was a noise-dance videoperformance in the “jungle” at Moara lui Assan, called MENO. (more…)

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