Spirál

BFM — 39
BFM — 39
Spiral

Available online from 25 to 27 April on MYmovies.it

Directed by Cecília FelmériItalian title: Spirale [t.l.]
Hungary, Romania / 2020 / 98 min.
Colour / O.V. / Subtitles: sub. it./en.
Cast
Bogdan Dumitrache, Diána Magdolna Kiss , Alexandra Borbély , Dóra Uhrik , Veronika Szabó

All four seasons on a lake. Bence and Janka live in an old house on the shore. They take care of a lake and make a living from the fees paid to them by people wishing to fish there. Bence inherited the property from his father who drowned in the lake, but his body was never found. The lake is nevertheless a wonderful place, a paradise into nature, but the relationship of the couple starts going sour. Simultaneously, the fish in the lake begin to mysteriously perish. Nóra, another woman, suddenly appears in Bence’s life. Spiral is a psychological drama balancing between realism and suspense, is a reflection on letting go of the past and on how life and nature’s cycles are connected.

Notes

Cecília Felméri –– (Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 1978) film director and scriptwriter, she graduated in filmmaking from the I. L. Caragiale National Film Academy in Bucharest. Her short films have competed at several international film festivals: in Locarno, Mar del Plata, at AFI Fest, the Warsaw Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, Transilvania Film Festival. Currently she is an assistant professor at the Sapientia University in Cluj-Napoca. She is one of the founding members and vice-president of the Hungarian Film Association of Transylvania. Spiral is her debut feature.

«The film’s style is an organic part of how the story is told. Through this, the audience is presented with one of the essential themes: everyone lives in their own world; everyone lives their own life; we can never know precisely what the other person is feeling. The focus remains constantly on the three main characters, and through them, we shift away from the realistic observation of events. The characters all live in their own worlds, experiencing the events of their every-day lives according to their own moods. […] What the viewer sees is not objective reality. Instead, they experience how a certain character senses things from within. The various camera movements, colors, lighting, textures, sounds, and other expressive motion picture implements connected to each individual character reflect their impressions of reality. […] Therefore, the scenes always mirror the world of one specific character; there is no outside, all-knowing narrative perspective. […] The rhythm of the film is in harmony with the characters’ emotional states. Sometimes, it is calm like the pace of life around the lake; other times it is fast because of the story’s dramatic surge.»

Essential filmography

Spirál (Spiral, 2020)

Pastila fericirii (The Pill of Happiness, short, 2012)

Végtelen percek (Infinite Minutes, short, 2011)

Mátyás, Mátyás (Matthias, Matthias, short doc., 2010)

Kakukk (Cuckoo, short, 2008)

BFM 39 list of films

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