The short film “Semiotic Plastic“, directed by Radu Jude, will be presented outside the competition at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival, which will take place from 1 to 11 September 2021.
“Semiotic plastic” proposes an analysis of the innocent universe of toys made with the tools of cinema – camera, editing, mis-en-scene.
Machine guns, dinosaurs, horses, rockets, cars, crocodiles, cranes, cats, stoves, babies, flamethrowers, knights, princesses. These are all toys and, as Flaubert writes, toys “should develop a taste for science.”
The short film is inspired by “The Morality of the Toy”, by Charles Baudelaire, “Life in Questions and Exclamations”, by A. P. Chekhov, and “Dictionary of ready-made ideas”, by Gustave Flaubert.
“Semiotic plastic” is a microFILM production, with the support of the National Center of Cinematography and the Toy Museum Association.
The film is produced by Ada Solomon, with Diana Caravia and Carla Fotea as executive producers.
Radu Jude also signs the script, and Marius Panduru is the image director, while Cătălin Cristuțiu took care of the editing. The scenography was made by Cristian Niculescu.
The complete program of the Venice Film Festival, which will take place the Lido of Venice, was announced today.
„Aferim!” movie brought Jude the Silver Bear for the best director at Berlinale 2015.
“Miracle” by Bogdan George Apetri selected in the official competition
On the other hand, “Miracle”, the latest feature film directed by the Romanian-born director Bogdan George Apetri (“Outbound,” “Unidentified”) was selected for the official competition of the Venice Film Festival. It is the first Romanian feature film competing at this festival in the past 12 years.
“Miracle” focuses on a 19-year-old nun as she finds herself at a crossroads in her life, and the policeman in charge of her case.
Romanian-born filmmaker Bogdan George Apetri has made a life for himself in New York City, since moving there 19 years ago to study film at Columbia University, where he now teaches.
Apetri’s debut film was “Outbound”, while his second movie, “Unidentified” tells the story of a hot-headed cop (Bogdan Farcaș) who grows fixated on cracking open a mysterious case of arson that left two women dead.