Inspired by Derek Jarman’s Section 28 installation, the film compares stories from a recent history of the Romanian queer community with current personal experiences, linking them to lyrical observations about a still hidden present, a distillation of the distance between the silent realities of queer love and the hysteria of its public representation.
In Romania, non-heteronormative relations have been incriminated throughout modern history. Here, national cinema still carries with it the lack of representation of queer identities and of the abuses endured by the community. Balla discusses Article 200 with a sensitivity that permeates political critique throughout every one of his formal choices. Blatantly homophobic headlines clipped from newspapers act as a border of the marital bed where the two performers lie asleep. Shaped by a voice which gives access to a first-hand account of trauma, the politics of the body are tenderly exposed in an adjacent projection, hinting at the turmoil of the present. (Daria Barbu)
Bogdan Balla is a master student of Film directing at UNATC. His school films, “Dungeons and Other Notes on Hiding”, “Margins”, “I Was the Sleepwalker When I Saw All Those Colors”, “Empire State Streaming” (for which he signs the montage) have been screened at festivals like Cinemaiubit International Student Film Festival, Moldova Film Festival, Alternative Film / Video, ART200. He has written for publications such as Film Menu, Sub25, IONCINEMA, Film New Europe, Fipresci. He directed the performance “With every touch we will be reborn” after a text by Mihaela Michailov. He was selected in the fARAD documentary development laboratory and in the 2021-2022 Political Theater Season as an assistant director.
FILM TITLE: ERAM SOMNAMBUL CÂND AM VĂZUT TOATE ACELE CULORI
11′, 2021, Romania
Director: BOGDAN BALLA
CAST: PAUL DUNCA/PAULA DUNKER, ISTVAN TEGLAS, ALINA MEDOIA, ADRIAN BAN
CINEMATOGRAPHY: NARCISA BĂDĂNOIU
EDITING: BOGDAN ALEXE
SOUND: VLAD GLIGOR, IOAN BĂNCULESCU
PRODUCTION COMPANY: UNATC “I. L. CARAGIALE” BUCUREȘTI
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