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


Directed by: 
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 21:00
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 18:00
Written by: 
Manon Coubia
El Barkani Malika, Annie Alonso, Gaillard Danièle, Mallory Georges
Nicolas Rincon Gille
Manon Coubia
Aline Huber
Nicolas Rincon Gille
Voa, Cba, Les Ruines de Cartague, Le Fresnoy
Romanian Premiere
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Juliet's fate might have been crueller still, had she not been able to see dead Romeo with her own eyes. This what-if scenario is a plausible introduction to Manon Coubia’s cinematic impression of a forlorn life. A woman has spent most of her lifetime waiting for the eternal snows to melt and return the body of her husband, a mountain climber who had died in an accident during an ascent of the Mont Blanc. Under the gaze of the camera, creased bed sheets, complemented by the sound of wind, turn into mountains covered in snow. The wife lies on her bed perpetually, her dreams of the passing of seasons shown in accelerated time-lapse. With its temporal perambulation through times gone by and states of the soul, The Fullness of Time (Romance) is fundamentally a film about eternal love and about the endless power of cinema to get to the deepest core of human experience. (Ioana Florescu, BIEFF 2017)

Manon Coubia

Born in Thonon-les-Bains (France), Manon Coubia got her degree in Film Direction at Institut national supérieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion - INSAS, Belgium, and is a member of the Cinéastes collective Voa Films in Brussels. She has directed Sonate blanche (2007), and medium-length documentary Bleu cerise (2012). In 2016 she received the Golden Leopard Pardi Di Domani for the Best International Short Film at the Locarno International Film Festival for The Fullness of Time (Romance). Les enfants partent a l'aube, her latest short film, is now in pre-production.

Festivals, awards: 
  • Golden Leopard for Best Short Film - Locarno International Film Festival 2016
  • Special Mention Leopards of Tomorrow - Locarno International Film Festival 2016
  • Nominated for the European Film Awards 2016
  • DOK Leipzig 2016
  • Film Fest Gent 2016
  • Short Trips Warsaw 2016
Director's statement:
The film works with an obsessive, unlikely image, that of a love come back undamaged after seventy years of absence. A lifetime spent waiting. A love is sealed forever in the ice. The Fullness of Time (Romance) also takes a look at that 'Eternal Return' of the mythical lovers. Cinema makes the resurrection possible. It can circumvent time and times. Time is linear, vertical, times are mythical. The cinema, its chemistry is also the imprint of time on the artwork. An apparition. A disaggregation. That is why it was necessary to shoot on film in order to tell / experience this story. (Manon Coubia, interview Festivalrisc)