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


Directed by: 
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 21:00
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Friday, March 31, 2017 - 21:00
Written by: 
Ronny Trocker
Umaru Jibirin
Artur Castro-Freire
Ronny Trocker
Anouschka Trocker, Enrico Ascoli
Autistic Daughters / Seby Ciurcina
Nicolas Schmerkin, Erik Lampert
Autour de Minuit Productions, Stempel Films
Romanian Premiere
With the support of

A beach frozen in time, as if in a snapshot: people enjoying the sun, a child eating ice-cream, a father taking his picture. But in the frame another character appears. Laboriously making their way out of the waters, a group of refugees crawl to the uncertain safety of the beach, escaping from near-certain death. Premiered at the Berlinale 2016 and inspired by a photograph by Juan Medina, Summer is an ingenious and sharp political commentary on the ongoing humanitarian crisis. By mixing 3D modelling and 16mm footage, it contrasts stasis and movement, moment and duration and reveals how liberating having your struggles acknowledged is and, conversely, how limiting photographs are in telling the stories we so readily consume. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2017)

Ronny Trocker

Ronny Trocker was born and grew up near Bolzano in the North of Italy. After studying cinema in Argentina, he continued his studies at Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains France. Since then he has written and directed several short films, among which The Immaculates (2013, Annecy International Animation Film Festival). His first feature film, The Eremites (2016) premiered in Venice's Orizzonti competition. Ronny Trocker currently lives and works between Brussels and Paris.

Festivals, awards: 
  • Berlin International Film Festival Shorts 2016
  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2017
  • Sarajevo Film Festival 2016
  • Winterthur International Short Film Festival 2016
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016
  • Fantasia International Film Festival 2016
  • Chicago International Film Festival 2016
  • VIS Vienna Independent Shorts 2016
  • Milano Film Festival 2016
Director's statement:
We’re consuming tons of images all day and, most of the time, we don’t even realize what we’re seeing. There are also many images documenting the tragedy of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, but I think we’re not used to take our time to look at the photos anymore. So, what a film can offer is another way of observation; the audience is invited to explore the photo by following the film and its duration. (Ronny Trocker, Yellow Bread Magazine Interview) 

Curatorial comment:
“In Summer, Ronny Trocker creates a hybrid, elastic time, which borrows from both the art of photography as well as that of cinema. In this short, the idea of the snapshot (the 3D body models frozen in time) and that of duration (suggested through the soundscape, materialized in the rhythmic movement of the waves) coexist. Together they become an eloquent discourse about the refugee situation: although we are witnessing a singular moment, it is part of a wider humanitarian crisis spanning decades. The act of seeing and being seen is that which animates the protagonist’s body, the immigrant inching towards the beach from the sea. Once seen, he gains autonomy and can move freely. But when he is captured in a photograph, he freezes once more, imprisoned in the image created by the photographer, in the story that the picture, rather than he himself will say about him.” (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2017)