“Just the two of us” – best Aristoteles 2014 documentary

The film „Just the two of us” was awarded the 2000 Best Documentary prize at the end of Aristoteles Workshop (AW), 9th edition. It is the love story of an elderly couple who’ve been together for 65 years but have different stories and ways to view life. The documentary was made by Nina Blazin (director, Slovenia) and her excellent team: Erno-Aron Palfi-Horvath (cinematographer, Romania/Hungary) and Raluca Petre (editor, Romania)

This year’s 12 participants made four very different film and all have been highly appreciated by the international jury. The members of AW 9th edition jury are:

JeanFrançoisPellier (In charge with New Projects, International Relations, ARTE France),
Agnès Wildenstein (Associate programmer for Doclisboa International Film Festival, Lisbon),
Mihai Fulger (Film critic & film programmer for the Romanian Cinematheque, Bucharest),
Răzvan Penescu (Founder of liternet.ro cultural website & member of Romanian National Center of Cinematography, Bucharest),
Simon Brook (Director & Producer, Paris)
and Wessel Vanderhammen (- Program adviser for IDFA, Amsterdam).

This prize for AW 9th edition is offered FARMEXIM, the same company that gave the prize for the 2013 edition of the workshop. Between 2008 and 2011, the award for best AW documentary film was offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR).

The tutors, experts and famous guest filmmakers who came to Aristoteles Workshop until now all agree the structure of the workshop is a real privilege, and the participants will not find anything close to it in any film school or master program in the world.

Supported by ARTE/France, Aristoteles Workshop is a cultural project financed by AFCN (Administration of Cultural National Fund), CNC (National Center of Cinematography) and Istyle.

About the four films

JUST THE TWO OF US 

The love story of an elderly couple who’ve been together for 65 years but have different stories and ways to view life. The Olases have made peace with the idea of death. In their house, where everybody can see it, the picture of their grave is a constant reminder. But they keep on feeding themselves on the eccentricities they abused during their youth – they both lived double lives as artists, him a sculptor, her an actress during the evening, part-time. It was their refuge in a regime filled with political mongrels. Their life is a sum of “seize the day” moments: rolling with laughter, teasing one another during a card game, watching tennis together.

The jury said about Just the two of us that “it is a beautifully simple film that more than reaches it’s objective and transmits a lot of emotion. It is a love story, good humor and good editing.”

The documentary was made by Nina Blazin (director, Slovenia) and her excellent team: Erno-Aron Palfi-Horvath (cinematographer, Romania/Hungary) and Raluca Petre (editor, Romania).

INTERSECTION

A short observational documentary following the people who spend a certain part of their day at a crossroads: wood choppers, blueberry vendors, mushroom vendors, policemen, nuns, and so on. These people are usually ignored by passers-by and the film sets a different light on them.

The jury praised Intersection as “an interesting observation, clever idea of mise en scene, good choice of characters and quality of editing.”

The documentary was made by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk (director, Ukraine), Barbu Bogdanovici (cinematographer, Romania), and Ciprian Cimpoi (editor, Romania).

END OF SUMMER

A group of teenagers from a village in Bucovina spend together the last evenings of summer. Their passing towards maturity is a fragile game, with limits that can be reset over and over again.

The jury felt The End of Summer was “ambitious, courageous both in form and execution, making ourselves feel like teenagers.”

The documentary was made by Alina Manolache (director, Romania), Ruben Agadjnean (cinematographer, Moldova), and Mircea Bobină (editor, Moldova).

MY FATHER AND ME

A little boy from a village in Bucovina is being raised by his very religious grandmother. The boy’s reactions in the presence of Faith are unexpectedly funny and sweet. His mother left him when he was small and his father works away from home.

The jury found My Father and Me “a touching film, with good shooting and powerful scenes with clever cinematography. You can see how the little boy feels, it brings the emotion of the boy close to you.”

The documentary was made by Evdokia Moskvina (director, Russia), Răzvan Chirilă (cinematographer, Romania) and Dianei Rădulescu (editor, Romania).