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KAPITALISM – OUR IMPROVED FORMULA

Solomon invites Ceausescu to revisit Romania, 20 years after he has been executed. The dictator haunts present-day capitalist society, emerged in the Wild East and often deeply rooted in its communist past.
The film offers incredible access to top magnates – at home, in their offices and in their minds – building a bitter-sweet portrait of a new ruling class.
Capitalism with a K – an Eastern European cocktail of power and money.
This is now part of Greater Europe.
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Apocalypse on wheels

Every city has the traffic it deserves

This is not a film about the how the roads or the cars look like, but about what the traffic turns us into. I chose 5 different people whom I accompanied all over town, in their every day journeys. Since May till October 2008, I have been with them in their car, sitting on the right seat and listening to them. They are all ordinary people:

- a delivery boy from the country whom, for the last 2 years, has been driving about 14 hours a day around the capital, covering about 150 kilometers each day;
- a half paralyzed man who not only drives a car, but he also helps other people to avail themselves of cars;
- a Peru born woman, who was raised in a city with an equally crazed traffic, who made her studies in New York and Madrid, and who is now the mother of three boys whom she takes to school each day in Bucharest;
- a father who has recently lost his daughter in a traffic accident and who still hopes that, one day, Romanian justice will do what it is supposed to do;
- a policeman who, before December ’89, was beaten up by the militia, a man who is still listening to rock music and who has been a traffic agent for 17 years.
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COLD WAVES

a feature doc on Radio Free Europe
participations in Visions du Reel / Nyon, DocFest / Sheffield
premiered in DOK Leipzig, IDFA Amsterdam
theatrically released in Romania, November 30, 2007

http://www.coldwaves.ro/

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CLARA B. (2006)

“CLARA B.”
52 min, 2006
A fictional documentary written by Corinne Ibram and Alexandru Solomon
Directed and photographed by Alexandru Solomon
Editing: Sophie Reiter
Co-production: Seppia / France, NDR/Arte, FR3, with support of the National Film Center in France

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GREAT COMMUNIST BANK ROBBERY (2004)

how did the 1959 hold-up became a propaganda coup?
75 min. / 69 min. Prod. Les Films d’Ici, Libra Film, ZDF/Arte, BBC, FR2, with support from the National Film Center, Romania, Jan Vrijman Fund and Eurimages. Prize of the Festival du Film d’Histoire, Pessac, France. Grand Prix Mediawave Hungary.
Prize for Social values, Documenta Madrid. Best Director, Hungarian-Romanian Doc Festival, 2005. Selected in the Joris Ivens Competition at IDFA 2004, Jerusalem, Minneapolis, Sarajevo, Mar del Plata, Hong-Kong and Alpe Adria Film Festivals. Read more »

THE SWEET BREAD OF EXILE (2002)

Romania’s greatest comic author, Caragiale, exiled himself to Berlin
26 min. / 10 min. Prod. Fundatia Arte Vizuale, with support from the National Film Center, Romania.
Special Prize of the Jury, Romanian Filmmakers’ Union. Best Documentary, Alternative Festival, Targu Mures. Selected at Jerusalem, Mediawave & Sarajevo FF.
Broadcasted by TVR 2 / Romania. Special screenings in Berlin, London. Read more »

THE MAN WITH THOUSAND EYES (2001)

the life and pictures of Iosif Berman, reporter.
52 min. / 26 min. Prod. Ager Film, Fundatia Arte Vizuale, with support from the National Film Center, Romania.
Best Documentary, Dakino Film Festival (2001). Best Short Documentary, Romanian Filmmakers’ Guild. Best Director and Best Photography, Cronograf FF, Chisinau. Selected at DokumentArt, Germany; ArtFilm, Slovakia; Mediawave, Gyor; Astra International Festival, Romania. Broadcasted by TVR 2. Read more »

A DOG’S LIFE (1998)

Bucharest, city of dogs, village without watchdogs.
23 min. A coproduction of Fundatia Arte Vizuale and the Soros Foundation, Romania.
Best Documentary Prize, Dakino Film Festival, Romania. Broadcasted by TVR 2, Realitatea TV.
Selected by Videoart Locarno; Eureka Screenings, Budapest; In Search of Balkania. Read more »

FORTRESS GUARD (1997)

A Saxon family lives inside the walls of a medieval fortress in Transylvania.
24 min. Prod. Fundatia Arte Vizuale, Romania.
Great Prize, Ethnos Film Festival, Romania (1997).
Selected by Astra Festival in Sibiu; Eureka Screenings, Budapest; Festival of New Film and Video in Split.

THE ZURICH CHRONICLE (1996)

Romanian artists went to Zurich to invent Dada movement, 1916-1918.
30 min. in coll. with Radu Igazsag. Prod. Fundatia Arte Vizuale, with support form Pro Helvetia.
Special Prize, The Romanian Television Professionals’ Association. Great Prize, MediaFest ’96, Romania.
Prize for Best Documentary, Young Filmmakers’ Festival, Costinesti (1996).
Broadcasted by TVR 2 / Romania. Special screenings in Zurich, Paris, Bruxelles. Read more »

VIA REGIS (1996)

62 min. in coll. with Radu Igazsag. Prod. Fundatia Arte Vizuale, Romania.
Award for Best Documentary, Romanian Filmmakers’ Guild (1996).
Broadcasted by TVR International / Romania; TV Aben / Denmark




DUO FOR PAOLONCELLO AND PETRONOME (1994)

Paul Celan’s youth in Bucharest, 1945-47- a film on poetry, war and friendship.
28 min. Prize for Best Video, International Youth Film Festival, Costinesti, Romania (1994).
Special Prize, Mediafest ’96, Romania. Selected at Cracow / Poland (1995), Clermont-Ferrand (1996), Stuttgarter Filmwinter (1996).
Special screenings in Paris, Bruxelles, Mainz, Berlin. Broadcasted by TVR 2 / Romania.
The movie is now available following this link
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SHRIEK INTO THE EAR-DRUM (1993)

A visual essay on Romanian avant-garde, 1916-1947.
27 min. in coll. with Radu Igazsag. Prod. Fundatia Arte Vizuale, Romania.
Prize for Best Video, The Romanian National Film Festival, Costinesti, Romania (1993). Selected at VideoFest Berlin (1994), Clermont-Ferrand (1995), Stuttgarter Filmwinter ’96. Broadcasted by Kunstkanaal / Holland; Duna TV / Hungary, TV Aben / Denmark; TVR 2 / Romania. Read more »

2 X 5 (1993)

Videoart. In collaboration with Geta Bratescu. 4 min.
Selected at “Deutscher VideoKunstPreis” / Germany (1994), “VideoFormes ’95″/ Clermont-Ferrand.
Broadcast by SudWestFunk/ Baden Baden; TV Aben/ Denmark. “Europa, Europa” Exhibition/ Bonn (1994)

EARTHCAKE (1993)

in collaboration with Geta Bratescu. 7 min. Videoart.
Selected at EuroMediaArt Osnabruck; Clermont-Ferrand; Film Forum Arsenal / Riga, Latvia (1993).
Broadcasted by TVR 1 / Romania.