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Der geniale Amateur (The Ingenious Amateur)

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Title of the film Original title: Der geniale Amateur
English title: The Ingenious Amateur
Hungarian title: A leleményes amatőr

Production and shooting info Country of the production: Romania - ro
Year of production: from 2002 to 2007
Year of shooting: from 2002 to 2007
Length of the film: 45 min
Colouring: colour
Recording format: DVCAM
Original language: Romanian
Language of subtitle: English

Description of the content As his father Mihai, more than 90 years old, accurately observes, Vasile Laza Arpad has had his foot more than once in the proverbial door. But he insistently tripped as many times over the other, his left foot. Whether he failed in his early intents to fly from the shingle-thatched roof of his pig-sty, as the community gossip in this remote valley went, or in his hopeful attempts to study mathematics in Cluj, the big city, crossing the notorious threshold always proved too much for Vasile. However, Vasile never despairs, on the contrary, as a bizarre wanderer between different worlds he created a magnificent recess for himself: Photography. Unnoticed and smirked at by the others, he produced something unique, even imperishable. Right at the beginning of the film he hands me a plastic bag with hundreds of negative reels, yield of 30 years of photography. Ironically, Vasile himself is not aware of what kind of treasure he gave away. In the following 5 years I was lucky to have the opportunity to film his wonderful parents. Vasile, too, used several cameras during this time, so, as it turned out, I got the chance to observe this “ingenious amateur” firsthand. Then happened what had to happen sooner or later, given his parents’ advanced age. First, his beloved mother passed away, then, a short time later, his father died at the age of 96. Vasile himself is well advanced in years, too, and, as he never found a suitable wife, he would have ended up with both feet in a home had his smart father Mihai not provided for his son in his living years, as you will be able to admire in this film.

Credits Made by: Björn Reinhardt

Company / Institution Production: Maramures-Filmarchiv
Distributor: Maramures-Filmarchiv

Ethnicity and locality Etnic group: Romanian
Continent: East Europe
Country: Romania - ro
Location
 (City, village, region, mountains, etc.): Maramures
 Transylvania

Tipology Type: non-fiction film
Form: documentary film
Beszédmód: portrait

Related sciences Arts: fotóművészet


Keyword: craft, trade
 family

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