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Synopsis

Dying in the trenches during World War II, Stefan looks back at his own life and that of his father. Through his memories, the film presents a story that embraces two generations and various eras. It is a film about the tragedy of lives dragged into conflicts against their will, of lives violently ruined or ended – a story about the devastating consequences of war. Interweaving past and present, the flashback narrative depicts the war as a perpetual situation where the „little people” always turn out to be on the losing side.
Iulian Mihu and Manole Marcus’s feature debut is a poetic and pacifist work, relying on a cinematographic vision that is similar to the artistic-political programmes of „new waves” emerging across Europe around the same time. The film fell victim of censorship because its multi-layered temporal structure, expressionist imagery, unconventional narrative form and anti-war message did not fit with the socialist-realist paradigm that prevailed in Romania, as well as in other Eastern European countries, in the 1950s.
Digitised from the 35mm original negative by Abis Studio in 2011. The 35mm original negative is preserved by the Romanian Film Archive.

Director
Iulian Mihu, Manole Marcus

Iulian Mihu (1926–1999), studies at the Institute of Theatre and Film in Bucharest (IATC), graduated in 1955. Started working as a director at the Bucharest Film Studios (SCB) in 1955.
Manole Marcus (1928–1944) worked as office clerk and technical draftsman in the late 1940s. in 1955 started working as a director at the Bucharest Film Studios (SCB) in 1955.

Mon, 26.11.2018
5:30 pm
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
111507
Subtitles: 
ENG
Screening code: 111507
Movie guests
Presenter Mihai Fulger
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Country: Romania
Year: 1958
Duration: 75 minutes
Language: Romanian
Directors: Iulian Mihu, Manole Marcus
Writer: Alexandru Sahia
DOPs: Mircea George Cornea, Gheorghe Fischer, Alexandru Intorsureanu
Montage: Lucia Anton
Cast: Mircea Balaban, Emil Botta, Angela Chiuaru
Distributor: Romanian Film Archive
Synopsis

Dying in the trenches during World War II, Stefan looks back at his own life and that of his father. Through his memories, the film presents a story that embraces two generations and various eras. It is a film about the tragedy of lives dragged into conflicts against their will, of lives violently ruined or ended – a story about the devastating consequences of war. Interweaving past and present, the flashback narrative depicts the war as a perpetual situation where the „little people” always turn out to be on the losing side.
Iulian Mihu and Manole Marcus’s feature debut is a poetic and pacifist work, relying on a cinematographic vision that is similar to the artistic-political programmes of „new waves” emerging across Europe around the same time. The film fell victim of censorship because its multi-layered temporal structure, expressionist imagery, unconventional narrative form and anti-war message did not fit with the socialist-realist paradigm that prevailed in Romania, as well as in other Eastern European countries, in the 1950s.
Digitised from the 35mm original negative by Abis Studio in 2011. The 35mm original negative is preserved by the Romanian Film Archive.

Director
Iulian Mihu, Manole Marcus

Iulian Mihu (1926–1999), studies at the Institute of Theatre and Film in Bucharest (IATC), graduated in 1955. Started working as a director at the Bucharest Film Studios (SCB) in 1955.
Manole Marcus (1928–1944) worked as office clerk and technical draftsman in the late 1940s. in 1955 started working as a director at the Bucharest Film Studios (SCB) in 1955.