The participants of Aristoteles workshop started filming


The third week of Aristoteles Workshop 2017  finds all the 12 participants in full swing. Coming from all around the world in Bata of Arad county, they have traveled hundreds of kilometres in the past few days searching for their topics.

Carefully guided by their tutors, Nino Kirtadze– the Georgian origin documentary director of movies screened and awarded at the Oscar’s, Sundance, Cannes or Toronto, and John Appel, the multi-awarded Dutch director, lecturer at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam, the participants transformed the area in a huge film set. In the meantime, the four teams became five, and the films they are working on right now tell amazing stories about people, places, adventures and mysteries.

`Wanderings of a lonely boy in an abandoned village in western Romania` are followed in the film the director Romulus Balazs (France) is working on together with cinematographer Marianna Vas (Hungary) and editor Hedda Bednarszky (Romania). The three participants began shooting already in the first week of the workshop, fascinated by the story of the child they met at the Romanian border of Serbia and Hungary.

Director Stefan Pavlovic (Netherlands), cinematographer  Aylin Gökmen (Turkey) and editor Miruna Minculescu (Romania) are `watching time pass in a remote village in Romania`. The filmmakers were captivated by the rural universe, by the similarities and differences between generations and by the local traditions.

`Gone with the river flow, a family awaits the return of their son.` The documentary made by Bahar Shoghi (Iran) and Mihnea Rareș Hanțiu (Romania) follows the emotional story of a case that has stunned an entire community.

Alongside cinematographer Jasmina Beširević (Croatia), director Iulia Stoian (Romania) works on a documentary about the most beautiful woman in Russia who ended up on Romanian lands in a frantic series of adventures.

The newest team formed at Aristoteles Workshop brings together Michal Shanny (Israel) and Quan Nguyen Hong (Vietnam). Michal’s passion for photography and the endless curiosity of her colleague will materialize in an experimental documentary, an unique approach towards local realities and a premiere in the workshop’s history.

The 12th edition of Aristoteles Workshop is taking place between July 3rd and August 5th in Bata, Arad County. Over the five weeks, the 12 participants benefit from 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.