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

TIMECODE

Directed by: 
JUANJO GIMÉNEZ
15'
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 21:00
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 18:00
Written by: 
Pere Altimira, Juanjo Giménez
Cast: 
Lali Ayguadé, Nicolas Ricchini, Vicente Gil, Pep Domenech
Cinematography: 
Pere Pueyo
Editing: 
Silvia Cervantes
Sound: 
Xavi Saucedo
Music: 
Iván Céster
Producer: 
Juanjo Giménez, Daniel Villanueva, Arturo Méndiz
Production: 
Nadir Films, ECIR
Romanian Premiere
With the support of

Though the first shots might mislead us into expecting a realistic workplace drama or a stale thriller, Oscar nominee Timecode switches tonality early enough to avoid becoming either. Diego and Luna, who take shifts as security guards in a parking's surveillance room, find a way to evade their insipid tasks when Luna accidentally comes across security footage showing her night shift colleague Diego dancing in the empty parking lot. Inspired by the discovery, she leaves him in return a recording of her own dance. The surreptitious choreographic dialogue builds up to a moment of encounter, when their gracefully harmonized movements become a statement of freeing from boredom, alienation and constraints. Juanjo Giménez cleverly employs a surprising twist of perception by turning one-way directed prying surveillance cameras into instruments of communication and of liberation, implying that people can create spaces for the fulfilment of their spiritual needs in the most hostile of places. (Ioana Florescu, BIEFF 2017)
Director: 

Juanjo Gimenez

Juanjo Giménez was born and lives in Barcelona. He has directed a few shorts, including Rodilla (2009), Nitbus (2007), Maximum Penalty (2005) and Indirect Free Kick (1997), all of them awarded at national and international festivals. He is the director of the feature films Tilt (2003), awarded in Rome, Las Palmas and Ourense, Dodge And Hit (2010), co-directed with Adan Aliaga, best documentary in Alcances Film Festival Cádiz and Courmayeur Noir, and Contact Proof (2014), also premiered in Alcances Film Festival Cádiz. He is also the founder of the production companies Nadir Films and Salto de Eje

Contact: 
juanjo[at]nadirfilms[dot]com
Festivals, awards: 
  • Palme d’Or for Short Film - Cannes Film Festival 2016
  • Oscar Nomination - Academy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action) 2017
  • Goya Award for Best Fictional Short Film 2017
  • Best Short Film - Film Fest Gent 2016
  • UR Award and Audience Award - Uppsala International Short Film Festival 2016
  • Audience Award - 24FPS International Short Film Festival, USA 2016
  • Audience Award - CinemaForum Poland 2016
  • Best Live Action Short Film - Gaudí Awards Spain 2016
Director's statement:
This short film is also a school project. I discussed every decision with my students and every step in the production process. There is some use of ellipsis and concepts we were discussing in our class during that time. I told them that what’s not shown is more important and has more impact with the audience than what is shown. In the time between the timecodes, the love story is in the head of the spectators, and that’s more powerful than showing specifically how the story is developing. And there’s always a sense of being the “voyeur,” watching something you’re not allowed to. There is always a character between the spectator and the CCTV screens that acts as reinforcement. That’s one of the essences of cinema: entering other people’s lives and knowing their secrets without being noticed. (Juanjo Giménez, interviewed by Cristina Lule for The Awards Circuit)