Narrative Short | 25 min , 10 sec | 2014 | Slovenia | NY Premiere
SHOWTIME: 7:46PM – (All times are subject to change)
A desperate painter struggling with artistic and financial hardship pawns his beloved grandfathers armchair. This mundane action propels him on a fantastic journey which transforms his view of reality.
Director: Rene Maurin
Rene Maurin (*1971) is a Slovene / German director born in ex-Yugoslavia. He attended education in the United States, Austria, Croatia and Slovenia and could be described as swaying between film and theatre medium. After his graduation in theatre directing he filmed a series of documentary films for the Slovenian national Television and won the attention of the film critics with films such as I saw Elvis! (1999) and Life, as from inside (2000). In the next decade, he directed some theatre performances which reaped wide acclaim and selected awards in Slovenia and abroad. After wishing to start focusing on fiction film for a longer while, he enrolled the master course of film directing at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana in 2012. Bright Black is his Master thesis film and his first fiction film.
2014 Bright Black, short fiction, AGRFT Slovenia, 25’
2011 Proverb Nr. 14, short silent, AGRFT Slovenia, 7’
2003 Caliber 0.46, documentary, TV Slovenia, 25’
2002 Summa Summarum, documentary, TV Slovenia, 50’
2000 Life, As from Inside, documentary, TV Slovenia, 50’
1999 I saw Elvis!, documentary, TV Slovenia, 25’
1989 JunkArt, documentary, TV Slovenia, 25’
Generally I always needed to pursuit a certain social critique. Unfortunately, I started to feel that blunt portrait of society long lost its effect on the audiences, bombarded with pictorial ultra realism we are served via media. Also, the portraying and analysis rarely offer a solution to the discussed issues. Art maybe cannot change the world, but it can suggest a different point of view, which can act resolving.
In Bright Black, I tried to apply this thought to certain cliches society forces upon us. The cliche of dreams, cliche of sudden fortune and, of course, cliche of love. My aim was not to simply destroy or mock them, but an attempt to show the viewer values much greater to pursue and events much more fantastic to imagine. In other words, a modest attempt of human liberation under the burden of societies cliches.