The documentary was nominated in the Arts Programming category, in a New York ceremony on Monday evening.
This HBO original production directed by Alexandru Nanau is the first central European documentary nominated for these important television awards. After premiering in Romania at the end of 2009, it has been honoured in several international film festivals and this year won best documentary in the National Gopo awards. Based on the real- life story of Ion Barladeanu, the documentary follows the dream of any man living on the streets: to one day become famous and leave behind a life of misery.
Ion B is a 62 years old homeless man; he sleeps on a filthy mattress by a garbage chute on Calea Mosilor. In “his home”, Ion recovers what falls next to his mattress, this way ending up reading all the books, magazines and newspapers that the others get rid of. When he was young, Ion was dreaming about becoming a film director. In the 70’s he started to create collages that he calls “my films”, but this is something he would only share with people who are willing to listen and are also, intelligent enough to appreciate his art. Ion doesn’t care about getting rich, he only wants a simple bicycle. One day, he is approached by a young gallery owner who has accidentally heard about Ion Barladeanu and decided to visit him. He was overwhelmed by more than 800 collages, made by the homeless artist between the ’70s and the ’90s, times when such art manifestations were forbidden and totally inaccessible to Romanians. Ironically, this self-taught man is convinced that he invented collage, since he has never seen this art form before. At the age of 62, Barladeanu exhibits in Bucharest for the first time 20 political works. From here on, the success was ensured for the artist, as in just a few months, he gets to exhibit in galleries in Basel, London and Paris. “This film was for me a way of exploring the question of what is art in its pure form and what is a pure artist,” director Alexandru Nanau writes on his notes about the film.
MORE ACCOLADES FOR ROMANIAN FILMS
Marian Crisan’s “Morgen” has received the main award and the public award during the third edition of the Central European Film Festival CinEast 2010, a release from the Foreign Ministry informs. Romania has participated for the first time, as a honorary guest at the event held in Luxembourg. “Morgen” was made in co-production with Hungary and France and features both Romanian and Hungarian actors. “Tuesday..” was also selected this year in the Un Certain Regard Cannes section.
Elsewhere, the two protagonists from ”Tuesday, after Christmas” Maria Popistasu and Mirela Oprisor have received the best actress award in Mar del Plata International Festival on Monday, Variety.com informs.