[ 22 February 2015 10:30 - 00:00 ]
Movie screening: Constantin and Elena (2009)
directed by Andrei Dascalescu
Free screening with coffe and talk.
The IDFA awarded documentary Constantin and Elena (2009) is a bitter-sweet story of an
Eastern European couple enjoying the simple life.
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The screening is organized by Platform Spartak and it’s part of the Ulysses’ Gaze project, a series of monthly screenings of films from Eastern Europe, mainly focused on migration.
Constantin and Elena are a couple living in a small Romanian village who have been married for fifty-five years. Over the course of their lives together, Constantin and Elena have seen war, political upheaval and disasters of all sorts, but they’re still together and still in love, even if time has taken a toll on them. Moving slower than they did in their youth, the couple still wakes each morning, helping one another with the chores and continuing their work making tapestries. If there’s a dark cloud on their horizon, it’s the simple knowledge that at their age they have only so long left together, and while both Constantin and Elena hardly welcome their mortality, they’ve come to see it as an inevitability that need not be feared while looking back on the adventures they’ve shared together. Dascalescu captured the couple’s daily routine on film, and in Constantin and Elena he’s crafted a simple but affecting tale of how they’ve stayed in love against long odds for more than half a century. Constantin and Elena was an official selection at the 2009 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, where it received the “First Appearance Award”. (via Rotten Tomatoes)