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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition

FLOWERS AND BOTTOMS

Directed by: 
CHRISTOS MASSALAS
6'
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Friday, March 31, 2017 - 18:00
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 20:00
Written by: 
Christos Massalas
Cinematography: 
Christos Massalas
Editing: 
Christos Massalas
Sound: 
Christos Massalas, George Ramantanis
Producer: 
Christos Massalas
Bucharest Premiere
With the support of

Cheeky and whimsical, Flowers and Bottoms relies on the charmingly nonsensical in order to relax the audience into enjoying what is ultimately an erotic and delightful love letter. In a dark room, an anonymous viewer watches a film made solely with shots of flowers and buttocks, a melancholic birthday present from what we understand is a former lover. Beyond its assumed absurdity and surrealism, the film skilfully juggles multi-layered observation and exhibitionism, bringing the audience to the blushing realization that what is often publicly labeled as vulgar is what we intimately find sensuous and endearing. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2017)
Director: 

Christos Massalas

Born in Greece in 1986, Christos Massalas studied Film History and Theory at Kingston University, London and Filmmaking at the London Film School. He has directed short films, music videos and has edited video pieces for stage productions. His work has been featured in numerous film festivals, such as Tampere, BFI, Uppsala, Paris, St. Petersburg, Athens, Thessaloniki, Los Angeles, or São Paulo. In 2012, he was selected for the Euro-Connection Forum at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. In addition, he was granted Artist Residencies in Norway and Serbia, and was selected as one of the 15 emerging directors from around the world at the Locarno Film Festival, Filmmakers Academy 2016. He is currently based in Athens, developing his first feature-length film.

Contact: 
massalas.christos[at]gmail[dot]com
Festivals, awards: 
  • Best Short Film Audience Award - Milan Film Festival 2016
  • Tampere Film Festival 2016
  • Locarno Film Festival 2016
  • Riga International Film Festival 2016
  • Uppsala Film Festival 2016
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2016
  • Timishort Film Festival 2016
  • São Paulo International Short Film Festival 2016
  • New Directors/New Films 2016
Director's statement:
Flowers and Bottoms is a film that defies classification. It plays on the middle ground between nonsense and sensibility. It is a film which idealizes what is commonly perceived as banal. It owes something to Duchamp’s urinal; or Almodóvar’s floral patterns. But, at the same time, it is a film rooted in modern-day life and practices; it is a film about the culture of chat-roulette, online hookups and the fetishism of social media. The surreal, here, arises from an observation of our technologically enhanced lives. Flowers and Bottoms is, in a way, a comedy of errors which takes place in this parallel cyber-universe that we have created to encapsulate our fantasies. (Christos Massalas)

Curatorial comment:
Flowers and Bottoms is something between an avantgarde extravaganza and a postmodern parody, where the Greek Christos Massalas invites us to see a film composed exclusively of shots featuring flowers and bottoms, with a result that is both perplexing and hilarious. (Jorge Rivero, Cortosfera.es)