27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Mircea Săucan
original title: Alerta!
running time: 58 min.
synopsisA series of four films presented as educational clips about work safety in a chemical factory presents a multi-layered reflection on the ambiguity of life and death, waking and dreaming, seen through oppressive black and white images and episodic narrative. The enigmatic story of a young couple employed in a socialist factory is characterized by the constant repetition and variation of motifs that ironically violate safety rules. „Inhale as much air as possible, to have what to offer.“
biographyMircea Săucan (1928–2003) was born in Paris to a Romanian father and a Jewish mother. After studying film directing in Moscow with Sergei Eisenstein, among others, he devoted himself to his own film and documentary work, screenwriting, and literary prose that did not conform to the doctrine of the then communist regime in Romania.
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