26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: kinema ikon, Ioan Pleș
original title: Poluare
country: Romania
year: 1977
running time: 5 min.


In the environmental horror film Pollution, a group of observers is haunted and threatened by the scratched-out shapes spewed from the chimney of a local factory. The emphasized horizontal and vertical lines create the impression of a threat approaching from above or behind, but in reality, it emerges directly from the film material. The fire spreading to the edges of the scorched film windows underscores the apocalyptic tones of the final turmoil.


Ioan Pleșh (19582009) was a visual artist and poet. Within the kinema ikon collective, he functioned as a catalyst for artistic creation. Pollution was preceded by Horizontal Game (1976) and Vertical Game (1977).

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director: kinema ikon, Ioan Pleș
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