A miraculous voice and a kid who never went to school


The second week of the documentary film workshop brings a lot of news to the participants of Aristoteles Workshop 2017. Before saying goodbye to Thierry Garrel – the French expert with over 40 years of experience in the industry, the participants were divided into four teams and enjoyed the opportunity of exploring the villages and cities in the area, in search of topics of inspiration.

The theoretical part of Aristoteles Workshop has ended. The young filmmakers are stepping into action. After discovering the secrets of documentary filmmaking directly from Thierry Garrel, watching together over 40 documentaries of reference, the 12 participants arrived from all over the world met their tutors: Nino Kirtadze and John Appel. The event was attended by Gheorghe Falcă, Mayor of the municipality of Arad, Valentin Bot, Mayor of Șiria commune, and the Mayor of Bata and host of the film workshop, Ion Micurescu.

`I believe you can learn only by doing things`, saidNino Kirtadze, the Georgian origin documentary director of movies screened and awarded at the Oscar’s, Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals. Together with her, guiding and offering feedback to the filmmakers, will beJohn Appel, the multi-awarded Dutch director, lecturer at the  Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. `We are here to bring out the best in you`, he encouraged the students.

The 12 were divided into four teams formed by a director, a cinematographer and an editor each.

The director Jasmina Beširević (Croatia) will be working in the next four weeks with Bahar Shoghi (Iran), director of photography, and editor Mihnea Rareș Hanțiu (Romania). In their first days on the field, they arrived in a locality of Arad with a population of only four members. The team members were fascinated by the mystery of the abandoned houses and were interested in the few characters they met. `It’s a challenge to understand what is going on when you don’t speak the language of the people you meet.`, pointed out Bahar Shoghi.

Interested in discovering rural micro-universes, director Stefan Pavlovic (Netherlands), director of photography Aylin Gökmen (Turkey) and editor Miruna Minculescu (Romania) were searching particularly for captivating characters. A teenager in love with folk dances and an extremely optimistic and charismatic villager are just some of the subjects that drew the team’s attention.

Director Romulus Balazs (France), director of photography Marianna Vas (Hungary) and editor Hedda Bednarszky (Romania) reached the border between Romania, Serbia and Hungary. There they discovered the only kid in the village, a boy who never got the chance to go to school.

The history of a wondrous icon caught the attention of director Iulia Stoian (Romania), director of photography Michal Shanny (Israel) and editor Quan Nguyen Hong (Vietnam). Following its tracks, the fourth team ended up in `the city that needs some miracles`, where they were won over by the spectacular story of a woman with a golden voice.

The 12th edition of Aristoteles Workshop is taking place between July 3rd and August 5th in Bata, Arad County. Withing the documentary workshop designed for young filmmakers, the 12 participants will be creating four films under the guidance of professionals of the international movie industry.

An annual program dedicated to young movie makers, Aristoteles Workshop was created in 2006 by producers Dan Nuțu and Cristina Hoffman, with the support of the French-German television Arte.

This year’s edition is organized with the support of AFCN (The National Cultural Fund Administration), CNC (The National Centre of Cinema), UCIN (The Romanian Filmmakers Union), DACIN SARA and private sponsors Farmexim, the Law Office of Țuca Zbârcea & Associates and NouMax. The 12th edition of Aristoteles Workshop is also supported by the County Council of Arad, the Arad City Hall, the City Hall of Șiria Commune and the `Șiria Citadel` Association.