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


Directed by: 
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 20:30
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 15:00
Written by: 
Toma Peiu
Brett Stiller
Luiza Pârvu
Luiza Pârvu
Toma Peiu, Luiza Pârvu
Drawing on Albert Camus’ eponymous text, Luiza Pârvu and Toma Peiu’s Sisyphus 2.0 is a visual compendium of humanity’s search for meaning. Made of real surveillance footage, the film assumes its perspective’s omniscience, beginning as a series of quotidian assemblages of ‘a day in a life’ of the global citizens, embraced by a voice-over retelling of the Sisyphus myth. With deep humanism and sensibility, Pârvu and Peiu question the meaning of the search, as man-made violence and natural cataclysms - the other side of humanity’s essential creative impulse - jolt the daily existence of the surveilled humans. In the end, faith overcomes fatalism, the search becomes the meaning itself, and the film’s closing, noble gesture, cradles us to the lullaby of hope. (Andrei Tănăsescu, BIEFF 2017)

Luiza Pârvu & Toma Peiu

Luiza Pârvu and Toma Peiu have been making films together since 2009. They met and started collaborating while doing their BAs at The National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest – where Luiza graduated as a film director, and Toma as a screenwriter and film scholar. They moved to New York in 2012, when Luiza received the Dean’s Fellowship to pursue the NYU Tisch School of The Art’s MFA in Film Production program. Toma has graduated with an MA in Media Studies at The New School University in 2016. In 2014, they founded their own production company, Root Films. As co-writers and/or co-producers, they have collaborated on several short narrative films which have been recognized at over 90 film festivals worldwide, including Karlovy Vary, Abu Dhabi, Transylvania IFF.  This is their first shared credit in directing.

Festivals, awards: 
  • Allucinema Student Film Festival, Mexico 2016
  • Romanian Short Waves - Cannes Film Festival - Short Film Corner
  • Night of the Cultural Institutes, Bucharest
  • Experimental Category Semi-Finalist - Student Academy Award
Director's statement:
Video surveillance has penetrated virtually every space inhabited by humans. Tragedies, excitement, catastrophes, moments of bliss, and the everyday life of the common person are nowadays documented on an unprecedented scale. Countless hours are recorded daily in an endless narrative of the spectacle of human existence. The content is usually available to private eyes, and the universal meaning obscured by the apparent disconnect between the various individuals, spaces and activities recorded. Made entirely out of surveillance footage available online, Sisyphus 2.0 is meant to mirror existentialist philosopher Albert Camus’ text, originally published in 1942, in present day’s reality. It is a bookmark we are trying to place, in an attempt to capture the particular mark of a certain moment in the evolution of the post-industrial era, doing our best not to obscure the timeless, tireless and resilient nature of the manifestations of human spirit. (Luiza Pârvu & Toma Peiu)