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THE MARBLE VILLAGE / SATUL DE MARMURA

Ioana Dorobantu,  Romania, UK 2011 21'

Cinematography: Marius Danci, Rafael Vasilcin
Editing: Ioana Dorobantu
Music: Ion Dorobantu, Daniel Dorobantu
Producer: Ioana Dorobantu

Film Presentation:
Cu 50 de ani in urma, satul romanesc Alun era un loc foarte animat si infloritor. Existenta lui era strans legata de cariera de marmura din vecinatate, de unde oamenii extrageau marmura pentru diferite scopuri, inclusiv pentru a pava drumurile si a-si construi case. Azi locul arata parasit si totusi frumusetea lui este obsedanta. Satul de marmura este portretul unui sat vazut prin ochii a patru personaje. Maria, fiul ei, Gheorghe, ciobanul Ovidiu si vaduva Elisabeta ne spun povestea locului in cuvintele lor. Ei sunt ultimii locuitori ai satului Alun care nu si-au abandonat modul de viata traditional. Dupa ce oamenii parasesc satul si se muta in orasele mari, ce ramane in urma?... Acest film este o incercare de a capta amintirile unui sat pe cale de disparitie.
Festivals/Awards:
BEST SHORT FILM - OPEN CITY DOCS FEST 2012
Director's Bio-Filmography:
After graduating from Faculty of Arts, with Diploma in The Art of Film and TV Directing, Bucharest, Ioana worked in the Romanian Public Television, directing, producing and writing various TV programmes, exploring different subjects in the arts field (theatre, music, photography) and history. During that time, her true passion for the documentary genre arose, as a natural, genuine continuation of her interest in seeking the mechanics of this world. While working in television as a director, she produced and directed a travel show in 25 episodes, which explored the Banat region, in western Romania, with its history, traditions, people, social aspects and local attractions. Later, while living in New Zealand, she developed a keen interest in the stories of immigrants, as a social, global, cultural phenomenon nowadays and also in the environmental issues. In March 2012, she graduated, with Distinction, the MA documentary film course from London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. "The Marble Village" is the major project that she made during this course. It received the Best Short Film award at Open City Docs Fest 2012, London.
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