Constantin si Elena
Romania/Spain, 2008, 102 minutes
Fri, Apr 23 / 4:15 / Kabuki / CONS23K
Sun, Apr 25 / 12:00 / Kabuki / CONS25K
Tue, Apr 27 / 6:45 / Kabuki / CONS27K
Sat, May 01 / 2:00 / PFA / CONS01P
Constantin and Elena have been in love for 54 years. They live a simple life in a picturesque village in the northeast of Romania. They fill their days with chores in and around the house, going to church and receiving welcome visitors, not to mention a catnap every now and then. Everything that these two seasoned lovebirds do, they do slowly, from helping each other get dressed to weaving beautiful tapestries. Often they sing old Romanian songs at the top of their voices, or Constantin’s old fighting songs from his WWII army days. Constantin and Elena aren’t afraid of death, and discuss it in a practical way. They’re proud of what they’re leaving behind and happy with their love. But they do think it’s unfortunate that they have so little time left together. As Constantin puts it, “With one eye I cry, with the other I laugh.” Director Andrei Dascalescu, the couple’s grandson, filmed them over the course of a year, using long takes and a fixed camera. He notes, “The fixed camera is my way of observing. I let the viewer choose his place of interest. I don’t zoom or pan. I let everything happen. I think this style also gives dignity to my characters.” Constantin and Elena won the First Appearance Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.