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 the BBC, Cambridge University, Hollywood film studios and performed at venues all over the world.
An intimate, voyeuristic and claustrophobic portrayal of the relationship between an epileptic girl, Eva and her boyfriend Teo. After Eva has a seizure in their apartment, Teo throws her out and turns to Eva’s best friend Anna. This event triggers a journey of escape into nothingness for all the characters, some emotionally, some literally.
This is not a film that exists only as a straightforward narrative, it’s a poetic exploration of Eva’s need to escape and her boyfriends guilt and impotent love. #BEINGS says as much in it’s pregnant silences and throbbing soundtrack as it does with it’s naturalistic dialogue. It leaves you to fill in the meaning between the frames, using lingering static shots and pauses to full effect throughout.
You can feel the difficulty the characters have in connecting with each other, as they stumble emotionally and drift around the edges of each moment. One scene where Teo and Eva tentatively begin to kiss in silence has a real power, they take so long to move in, you hesitate with them, the visceral anticipation is agonizing in places. Rather than stuttering your involvement, the pace of the film draws you in, like still waters can transfix you with their beauty, the woven thoughtfulness of each scene is mesmerizing and ambiguous enough to allow the viewer to reach their own interpretation of Eva’s odyssey.
Ultimately #BEINGS is a rewarding watch, full of subtleties, surprises and layers you won’t find in mainstream blockbusters. Solid performances from all the leads help draw you into Eva’s journey. A film to watch with others and discuss afterwards, #BEINGS will stay with you.
I was born lucky.
When I was a child there was nothing ugly in the world.
But with time I learned about beauty and all went wrong.
Beauty is a tirany
Life is a full time job.
And you can’t take any day off.
Be careful what you create
For surely people will use it to do wrong.
[thinking about american fast action and TV editing]
I am more and more convinced that the outer shell is made out of anger fibers. It is not possible otherwise.
Even humor is anger based.
If you think about it is sooo soo strange that God spoke words to people. That He used language. That he needed to influence directly the frail human consciousness.
Is weird because of God gave all things genes smile emoticon and we can see that people, most of us, live without consciousness but more with a raw inventivity.
So for God to send laws and emotional advice is wayyy to weird.
Is like in the movies 1 hero and 99 weirdos.
All wanting to be heroes.
Thinking about actors and their lust for heroism. I love those that know the percentages.
Does anyone knows some infos about alternative indie film distribution word wide?
On a micro to no budget?
Thank you soo soo much.
Any little lead would be amaziing.
The universal language of story is Life Threat. Continue reading “January 16 facebook notes”
Apologia becomes more and more a multidimensional multi temporal multi existential story, about a mystical togetherness that is somehow broken and people have broken pieces in one another, and continuities and they remember themselves in others and become another and find being caught in changed times and bodies and minds.
Recently I have found out #Apologia to be an #existentialist project.
*a sense of disorientation and confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless or absurd world
*existence precedes essence
*man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world—and defines himself afterwards
*rationality as a mechanism humans use to counter their existential anxiety
Daca aveti ceva de luat de la F64, emag sau flanco si vreti sa ma ajutati si pe mine pentru ceva fonduri de film pentru proiectul Apologia, va rog mult sa o faceti printr-unul dintre linkurile mele de afiliat.
Este un program prin care se vireaza un mic procent daca cumperi prin linkul meu. Nu adauga nimic la pretul produsului.
F64 – prima alegere intotdeauna cind cauti ceva complet aiurea pentru foto si video si speri ca acolo sa aiba. Si locul unde e omor de BlackFriday cind mi-am luat si eu o lampa led 🙂
AMAZON – cel mai mare magazin online din lume – cu toate categoriile de produse.
EMAG – pentru tot felul de alte electronice (mobile?)
FLANCO – habar n-am, pentru ca e Flanco
PCMADD – un mic magazin de calculatoare de la ca mi-am mai luat eu chestii, ma bucur ca a intrat intr-un programul de afiliere, i-am gasit si pe okazii, cred ca printre primele magazine care au intrat in zona asta
This is our first script form the series Apologia.
and the second
Cursul nostru nu este un curs clasic de actori, este format ca o pregatire normala pentru un film.
Veti trece prin exercitii care ajuta un om cu o viata cotidiana sa reuseasca sa se desprinda din modul lui normal de a actiona, inspre lumea personajului si lumea interioara a unui actor pe partea de video, asa cum percepe un actor lumea si cum reauseste sa existe in doua lumi deodata.
Actoria in teatru film fotografie si performance a venit in om ca o nevoie primara de a-si exprima toate partile lui, parti care nu pot fi exteriorizate in mod normal in viata lui de zi cu zi.
De aceea s-a creat acest spatiu special, numit arta dramatica, unde orice om poate sa intre ca intr-un spatiu interior unde are voie sa isi regaseasca personajele sale interioare.
Fiecare dintre noi avem o colectie interna de arhetipuri si ‘fiinte’ cu nevoi, nevoi de a exista.
La acest curs Qualiafilm Acting Sessions vom experimenta intrarea in acest spatiu, spatiu pentru film, spatiu delimitat cu camera de filmat. Si vom descoperi impreuna straturile si dorintele interioare.
Actoria este un mod de a trai. De a trai mai plin si adevarat mai complet. De a ne descoperi, de a ne intelege si de a ne accepta. Si cel mai important de a ne putea asuma propria noastra adevarata si depina fiinta.
Primul pas va fi un casting, ca la orice film unde vom afla impreuna ce ne dorim sa facem la acest curs, care este directia explorarii noastre.
Apoi vom face exercitii de cunoastere cu micul grup in care vom lucra.
Si treptat in functie de fiecare din grup vom dezvolta cu exercitii si situatii de dans, text, miscare, emotie, relatie pentru a reusi sa atingem verosimiliatea pentru ceilalti si pentru sine.
Cursurile noastre au la baza contemplativitatea si deschiderea vederii asupra momentului prezent acut si infinit schimbator.
Pretul va fi undeva in jurul a 30 de lei pe curs, primele de 2 ore lungime. Apoi treptat ajungind la 4, 5, 6 ore in functie de program.
Pentru cine e interesat, vreau sa creez o retea in mai multe localitati si chiar si in alte tari unde sa facem proiectii de filme.
Sa ne cream intr-un grup care poate face proiectii regulate cu filme independente, personale si underground and no-budget.
Asa cum a inceput si ATG-ul din Japonia.
Spatii alternative, intrarea platita cu 2,3 lei cu banii impartiti intre asociere si cel care a organizat. Pentru ca asocierea sa ajute mai departe noi proiecte de film, poate chiar ale celor care au intrat deja in circuitul nostru de distributie.
Secretul posibilitatii de a face film este sistemul de distributie. SO we need to build our own too.
UNDERGROUND JAPANESE CINEMA AND THE ART THEATRE GUILD
I just had a dejavu with Ana P about the necessity of objectivisation. And also about the dilema about why people vilified it.
Objectification is one of the original TMs of human race.
I used to talk alone. Now it got to be an online talking. A video talking. Sometimes through others but is still talking alone. Talking for the pleasure of the idea and the act itself of talking. Of uttering in a belived reality something of you inner most.
I still believe that we have two outsides one in reality and another in interiority.
I guess it is a circle somehow.
Civilisation is the product of OCD obsessions in people.
For the rest of us there is only freedom and existence.
Poverty, insecurity and lack of soap.
Sub orice critica,
that is the place I want to be.
We use soap in our desperate desire to become humans.
Our life project is to be recognized and legalized as humans.
I’ve never met a true artist.
I am living in fake and mediocre.
Is all I know, all I feel all that concerns me.
Continue reading “July 2015 facebook notes and thoughts”
People can’t believe in a religion with all their heart, can’t respect a system of law and order, can’t trust their own pleasures and fears, because all that they believe in is the all powerful deep and unconscious Gene – that is why in anthropology there is an oral unknown all powerful law, called the law of the land.
#Genes are out most intimate guides and friends. They are our God and wisdom and truth. They are the only one we should trust.
Consciousness is too young in comparison. Is too wild and puerile. Gene’s Way is the Tao.
Consciousness will never be able to rewrite the Genetic code. It can only Scramble it, a bit. All modifications end in Death.
Genes self protection. They order suicide when they feel a strange force conquering their perfection.
Genes never experiment, never try things, they are all knowing all controlling, all perfect.
These days consciousness is their main enemy. Our lives are all developing in the middle of this total war.
Genes vs Consciousness.
Old vs Young.
Known vs Unknown.
In November 2014 Andrei and I were working on #Beings together. I played Eva and here are some words about this experience:
I didn´t know Andrei and his work but I was very interested, when I first read about the idea of this movie.
On friday night, he sent me the script.
On Saturday I spent the day thinking about it – as there were a lot of aspects that made me face some of my biggest fears …
Saturday night, I suddenly had the feeling that it was right to give it a try.
On Sunday we met for the first time.
On Monday I met the cast and crew.
On Tuesday we started filming.
For someone like me, this was more than quick.
Well, I like long preparations. I like safety – or always considered myself being someone that likes safety and is in love with clear structures (as boring as it may sound).
So doing this movie was an adventure to me. But during the whole process, it just felt right and I enjoyed this adventure very much.
The relationship between actor and director is a very fragile one and in my opinionl, if it doesn´t work, everything feels like fighting alone for a lost case. You lose connection to your character, your partner and the story because you are busy protecting and defending yourself.
So I appreciate Andrei´s natural talent of working with actors. He created an atmosphere of security and trust. By putting trust in me, I was able to take some risks and to cross some borders, I had built up for myself some time ago. I always felt safe, so I wanted to jump …
There was always enough time to get in touch with your character, to try, to fail and to try again. I personally enjoy this kind of working the most because this makes me feel like part of the story, not like an accessory put in the right place. Andrei’s way of filming and using the camera may be different, but to me it makes sense. We did a lot of intimate moments and I was able to forget about the camera very easily. It felt more like a partner than an observer.
As we only had a small team and almost no financial support – everyone was asked to put their energy and belief in this project. It was cold, it was dark, it was confusing and we got lost … but I loved every second with you guys – in the car, on the road and in the forest, discovering lost buildings and hidden emotions.
I do believe in Andrei and his way of filmmaking. He is not afraid to ask questions and to discover and show what lies underneath common aesthetics. It would be great to find people to work with. People who support us and our ideas.
I´m looking forward to work with Andrei and this team again and I´m excited about what kind of adventure comes next!
Let´s rock –
Nature kills itself.
We are part of nature.
And we cant talk to her, there is no one there to understand why she does it.
It is in our nature – and these days our nature is wrong – and we dint know why.
Nature is a dieing suferind. All we can do is try and understand why.
Nature got suicidal. It invented humankind.
I guess that one of the roots of it all is the natural incompatibility between people, coupled with their need to work, pleasure, survive together.
This is how and why all the beauty arises.
That is why all trouble rise.
We are all incompatible with each other [ie. the refusal of a foreign replacing organ] putting it all behind is our daily struggle, and making and being good is our second added weight. That is why so few do it.
That is why all the violence, all the meaningless, all the class and social unrest and abuse.
That is why our need to disconnect – through pleasure, luxury, success, pride, promiscuity, religion, drugs, entertainment, art and intellectual escapism, even scientific method.
Disconnection is our natural drive to reconnect to a state of purity. And that is often painful and fearful. And that is so often refused and deemed evil.
I write a lot of unmade projects.
de ce pornografia strica reputatia?
de ce orice activitate sexuala publica strica o reputatie?
ce este o reputatie de poate fi stricata astfel?
pe ce se construieste o reputatie? oare pe aceleasi false si comune pretentiozitati?
daca sint un mare pianist de concert, de ce nu pot sa apar intr-un film gay scat violent alegoric la lupta culturii impotriva violentei si vilificarii tandretei masculine?
reputatie – este un minunat titlu de film
impreuna cu titlul Ugly – la care ma tot gindesc astazi.
multumesc Cosmin pentru thought provocation
I still can’t decide
To learn guitar and music
Or to explore it by myself
Append to tradition and good/best ways – append to their goals and values and forms
Or explore raw new unstable wrong ways?
Humanity is not the purpose of life.
But without humanity we couldn’t miss the meaning of life. Continue reading “june facebook notes and thoughts”
Se pare ca Film Independent – Dormi Trezeste-Te si #Vietati fac parte dintr-o trilogie a Linistii, trilogie la care sper sa pot face si #Obscur, un al treilea proiect care exploreaza intimitatea cu noi insine si relatia ei cu jurul, cu extremitatea, cu rolul nostru in lume.
It is a one hour long film called #Obscur, a film about a chance meet between an immortal suicidal man and a paranoiac raped woman. Each one trying to use the other into fulfilling their existential, life-threading need to give meaning to an obligatory existence.
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Becoming an object is crazy, Mara tried to,
and became a demon.
Don’t try it Clara, please don’t
It is a one hour long film called #Obscur, a film about a chance meet between an immortal suicidal man and a paranoiac raped woman. Each one trying to use the other into fulfilling their existential, life-threading need to give meaning to an obligatory existence. A Mare appears to disturb and brake open their obsessed hearts.
#Obscur – is a story about a girl – Clara – that goes back to her childhood friend that raped her because she can not live with the trauma of the past events. She wants to revive and sublimate those feelings of pain and guilt and fear. She wants to kill the person she became due to the rape. But the one she believes to be her rapist is an immortal suicidal man, that his mission is to help people transcend their own consciousness with the help of his so called wife – a Mare – a being that lost all consciousness and is pure perception and feeling she is the embodiment of a mirror, of an animalic purity. Together with her, Nuku the guy begins a relationship with the traumas and misconceptions of the girl Clara. Until Nuku allows or forces Clara to kill him during lovemaking. Everybody tries to save everybody else and they only succeed in tearing each other apart so that from the pieces to rebuild a new consciousness. A reborn Nuku, a transcendental Clara and a Mare that regains her humanity by becoming an embryo in Clara.
A violent body story about the necessity of rebirth. A visceral story about becoming.