niedziela, 7 czerwca 2015
In my last post today I would like to wish all students succes and good luck on our exam. I need to admit it was a huge pleasure to know you at least a little not only in real life, but also from your blogs, I really appreciate this exchange of thoughts. I hope you could also find out something from my posts, especially about Romania and to "live" with me some kind of spiritual journey. ;) And now the exams are coming...
piątek, 5 czerwca 2015
This post will be very exceptional for me as a person I will be talking here about was one of a kind. Not long ago we were talking in class about our model in life, I didn't manage to say something about her in the way that I would like, that's why I need to write it here.
Without any doubts, my model in life is my grandmother, Apolonia Roszkiewicz. When she was ninetheen years old erupted the Second World War. She escaped alive from it, but she and her family left without nothing, even without boots. After that she worked three years in a German camp. When she was twenty five she met my grandfather"at the party" (my grandpa played for her the violin:). After that they seen each other three times, they married and they spent together sixty years.
Now when she's not anymore with me I came to understand what exacly was so exceptional in her. She always wanted to give at heart so much goodness everybody, by her positive attitude to life, by her smile, by her respect for the other people. Even she didn't finish school she was so curious of the world and she never complained the life. She is not with me but I hope her's big part is in me and this allows me to go through life with values that she taught me.
P.S. I'm sorry it's so non-objectiv post, but it was very important for me to write about her. And that's the song for her...
Like I already sad, I would like this blog was primaly devoted to Romanian culture. That's why in this post I will present you one of Romanian legends- about hedgehog and god. :) Moreover, at this point it's worth to emphasize that in Romanian culture exist many legend from the various fields, especially cosmogonic legends, in which the world was created not only by god but also by the devil. In this legends animals play a significant role as well. I will not hide I'm passioned with this legends because for me it's something rooted in Romanian tradition, usually an oral tradition. Very often people have no clue that with the coming of modernism we have broken the relation with nature, values and especially with tradition.
The legend entitled hedgehog and god says that god has created the world as a ball and then he has spread it like a pie. But god was helpless, he couldn't create himself mountains, springs and rivers. The God went for help to the hedgehog and asked him: "So, what do you think... Have I created a beautiful world?" The hedgehog replied: "Yes, of course you do, but it's doesn't matter if people will not be able to live on it.". "Do what you want"- sad God. Then the hedgehog jumped under the ground and digging little by little he has been creating mountains, springs and rivers. As a reward god gave the hedgehog spines on his body and therefore hedgehogs have spines. :)
Source: datinile si credintele poporului roman.
środa, 3 czerwca 2015
Beyond the Hills (2012) - Cristian Mungiu’s return after winning the Palme d’Or for 4 Months… is an equally brilliant drama set in an Orthodox monastery standing on the hills of northern Romania. The real-life premise from which it was inspired sounds like tabloid fodder and it is easy to imagine another director turning this into something utterly exploitative. At the order of a convent’s priest, a young novice nun was bound to a cross in the hope of exorcising demons.
In the hands of Mungiu, the fictionalised account turns into a slow, rigorously executed drama, made up of long takes and two and a half hours worth of judgement’s deferral. If the film has anything to say about the case, it is that once more, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Child’s Pose (2013) - Calin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose went back home with a Golden Bear from Berlin. It is the first film fully deserving the label of a thriller to come out of the New Wave. The pacing is truly gripping but it is a far more intimate and intelligent piece of work than what we often expect from the genre. For a good deal of Romanian films on this list, bureaucratic corruption is often in the backdrop, casting its long shadow. Unlike none of them, here we are at the heart of it, and it’s a nightmarish upper-middle class family affair.
If you would like to watch more Romanian films I recomand you to watch The rest is Silence, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Tuesday, After Christmas or Aferim.
In case some were still in doubt back it 2007, Cristian Mungiu’s Palme d’Or for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days was the definite sign that the Wave had arrived and that it was soaring high. The film went on to receive wide distribution in over 60 countries and made numerous international critics’ top ten lists for both the years 2007 and 2008. It has been read as a critique of the Ceausescu regime and as taking some stance or other in relation to abortion. Mungiu uses one long take per scene, the position and the panning movements of the hand held camera are crucial to the film’s heightened sense of naturalism. The dialogues are tense but the drama is in the silences.
Another very interesting Romanian film is The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006). Catalin Mitulescu’s short film Trafic (2004) was one of the first Romanian productions to be prized in Cannes. His feature follow-up is a bittersweet and gentle story which follows a family’s aspirations up to, and just after, the fall of the dictatorship. Even though the downfall of the regime may be an unsurprising backdrop, it celebrates an innocence that is hard to come by in this family of Romanian movies. Catalin Mitulescu’s short film Trafic (2004) was one of the first Romanian productions to be prized in Cannes. His feature follow-up is a bittersweet and gentle story which follows a family’s aspirations up to, and just after, the fall of the dictatorship. Even though the downfall of the regime may be an unsurprising backdrop, it celebrates an innocence that is hard to come by in this family of Romanian movies.
I gave you here two examples of films which are settled in communism landscape. In another part I will propose few examples of films which are not typical for Romania and its history. :)