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“The flight has always been an ideal for humankind. An artist may dedicate his life to this absolute ideal. I hope my works will teach the beholder the meaning of flight.”

ABOUT THE FILM “GIFT OF WINGS”

How it’s started

    Sometimes in life, great journeys start unexpectedly: without a plan, without any coordinates, way too far from the final destination, kindled by curiosity, by obstacles and by the unknown waiting to be revealed.

    It was winter. Late in the evening. All angels seemed scattered away by the blizzard and the bitter frost. Petrification advanced slowly… slowly…

    A simple phone call broke this frozen picture and set me in motion. Within seconds, it cast away the winter, it called back the angels and the energy of summers in May blasted in my face.

    Strange or vaguely familiar words came rushing to me: WINGED, PAVEL BUCUR, ASPIRATION, STRAJA, BASS-RELIEFS, MONUMENT, ANGELS, FLIGHT, WINGS, BLAZE, SCULPTOR, ROMANIA, YOUTH FLAME, DEVASTATION, FREEDOM, THE HIGHEST IN EUROPE, DETACHMENT, WHITE ANGEL, DANUBE- BLACK SEA CANAL….

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My mind yearned for information and certainty.

From that very first moment of the phone call I started to search in a feverish pursuit to discover what might be called “The spectacular and dramatic story of the highest Monument in Romania”.

It was a journey between contemplation and investigation, between fascination and suspense, between unexpected geographic coordinates and most familiar places.

I will give you an artist: Pavel Bucur. With his winged flight to worlds still unveiled…

I will give you the most amaising modern art monument in the world, the highest in Europe and Romania : THE WINGED OF STRAJA, on the Danube- Black Sea Canal.

This puzzle starts with “Once upon a time…”. But the end is still open…

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INTERVIEWS

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GRIGORE POPESCU ARBORE
Academician, Professor, PhD , Venice, Italy

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PAULINA POPOIU
Reader,  PHD,  General Manager of the National Village Museum “Dimitrie Gusti”- Bucharest

 

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DOINA PAULEANU,PhD
General Manager of Constanţa Art Museum; Art historian, PhD in History; Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et des Lettres; Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit

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SIMON OSTAN SIMONE
visual artist; Vice-President AIAP (affiliated to UNESCO) for VENETO, Italy

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BORIS BROLLO
artist, art critic, curator and UNESCO commissioner

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ŞTEFAN BÂLICI
Reader, PhD, architect , Manager of the National Heritage Institute- Bucharest

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MIRCEA MIHAI
architect

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VIOREL PATER
sculptor and butafor at BUCHAREST NATIONAL THEATRE

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ANTONIO RIZZO
italian writer, painter and semiologist

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MIHAI VATAMANIUC
architect

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DUMITRU POHUS
video producer

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LUCIAN BUCUROIU
Executive Director, Operations Directorate CN ACN S.A.

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RENZO RAVAGNAN
professor, architect, restorer, Founder and Director of “Istituto Veneto per i Beni Culturali”- Padova, Italy

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ANASTASE SEVERIN
former General Director of CN ACN S.A.

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CORNEL MARŢINCU
engineer, PhD, President C.A. & General Manager  IPTANA – Bucharest

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NICOLAE IVANOV
Director of the National Youth Construction Site, Daube-Black Sea Canal

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RADU BOROIANU
man of culture, writer, former Minister of Culture of Romania

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ADINA RENTEA
curator

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VLAD CIOBANU
sculptor, professor of art

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IORGOS ILIOPOULOS
sculptor

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MODERN ART MUSEUM CA LA GHIRONDACA
Ghironda, La Bologna, Italy

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CAORLE – SCOGLIERA VIVA (LIVING ROCKS)
Veneto, Italy

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PAGANI MODERN ART MUSEUM
Legnano Castellanza, Italy

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MIRCEA DIACONU
Actor, former Manager of Nottara Theatre- Buharest, member of UE Parliament, Culture Commission

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CORINA VOICU

PRODUCER, WRITER AND DIRECTOR OF “GIFT OF WINGS” MOVIE

   My name is Corina Voicu. I graduated in 1989 from the Institute of Theater and Cinematographic Art in Bucharest, Romania. I worked for 20 years as an independant producer and director of television in Romania, for : TVR1 , Antena 1, Prima TV, KanalD, National TV.

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    I have created- together with my team- and run successful sunday programs, with decades of longevity, such as “Sunday Family” (Sunday entertainment program), “Bravo Bravissimo” (Sunday talent show), “Danutz Ltd.” (Sunday entertaining) and countless special entertainment and music television shows for suterday nights, Christmas, Easter and New Year. My programs were awarded with APTR( Association of TV professionals in Romania) awards. In 2007 I made in Iraq the documentary film “Postcards from the desert”, a film that obtained two national distinctions. Since 2014 I work exclusively for documentary and presentation films, commercials and events. Although I did, between 1990 and 2015, countless reports, interviews, tourist reports and documentary films for my television shows, I never had the time to dedicate myself to an art documentary film, as I wished. The opportunity and the time, the confidence and the patience, came with the unexpected proposal of my executive producer, Anca Vlad, to make a documentary about the romanian sculptor Pavel Bucur, and especially about his major work, “Winged” from Straja.
     In this way I began an adventure that would take me to the most unexpected corners of Europe, through the twisted hatch of the most unstoppable bureaucracies of the Romanian state apparatus, but also through the fabulous art world of one of the most important contemporary Romanian sculptors. : Pavel Bucur. With each of his works, with each interlocutor who told me about him, I discovered a universe that, as fabulous and magical as it was, became closer and dearer to me. I wish that everyone would now know this tragic story of the “Winged” on the Danube-Black Sea Canal: the highest non-figurative monument in Roamania, in Europe and in the world.

Corina Voicu, author

ANCA VLAD

Executive Producer of Gift of Wings movie, Owner of Fildas Art Foundation, Romania

   I met personally the great sculptor Pavel Bucur, I was a friend but also a collector.
During his creation, he forcibly declined the great symbols of human culture but also the cosmogonic ones, detailing them to the maximum in the forms he created. Pavel Bucur is part of the universal tradition of the artistic search for the meaning of life and death, remaining a landmark of modern Romanian sculpture.

ANCA VLAD

Dragos Teglas

EDITOR

    Corina Voicu wrote about him : ,,DRAGOS TEGLAS, my editor from THIS IS INSOMNIA, I know from the time we worked together videos for famous Romanian artists, movies and reports for my television shows. He was the most terrible, visionary, creative, rebellious and involved young movie editor in Romania in the 2000s. In those years I nicknamed him “Fellini”. Even after leaving to start his film production company in the UK, I followed his career and even collaborated on his multi-award winning film “13 shades of Romania”. Knowing his career path, I had no doubt that I should have worked with him for my new art film. That’s why I asked him to edit “Gift of Wings”. Not only did he respond promptly, but he worked “out of booking”, with science, with experience, with heart, with passion and with the involvement that I have found now, over the years, unaltered and mature. I knew that the images, the forms, the symbols, the metaphors, the ideas, the stories, the journalistic inquiry, will catch him irretrievably. And so it was.

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Dragos is an established editor who’s been in the industry for over a decade. Having cut features, TV shows, commercials, documentaries, and music videos, he brings to the table a creative mark and a unique editing style with a pretty unrivaled rhythm.
He also takes pride in his directing skills and has recently directed and edited his first feature documentary, “13 Shades of Romanian”, that won 12 international film festival awards and 8 nominations.
Dragos has experience as a post-production supervisor, having signed several feature films and TV shows that have led teams of editors, VFX artists, and sound designers.”

SILVIU CRANGUREANU

Cameraman and DOP

    In 2009 I graduated the Film image section of  the Hyperion Art Department, and I also obtained a Director of photography license.

    Over time I worked as: camera assistant, cameraman and D. O. P for several projects such as: artistic film, documentary film and commercial spots. For the most part, I enjoyed working as a cameraman and D. O. P on a number of historical documentary films.

    “Gift of Wings” is a beautiful documentary film, full of art, history and emotions.

I am very happy to be part of the team that worked on this project, together with the team I went through the challenges of producing this film more easily. I really liked the people I met during filming and the places I filmed. 

    Thanks for this experience.

Alex Andries

Cameraman and DOP

    While studying Journalism, then continuing with a Master’s degree in Cinematography, I had the opportunity to work for two years, starting with 2006, at the “Sahia Film” Film Studio. This is where my love for video production and in particular the production of documentaries became clear. Since 2006 I had started a long and beautiful journey in video production where I have had the opportunity to experiment different types: short films, documentaries, television shows, music videos, advertising.

I am proud of the opportunity to take part in projects with established artists and the opportunity to travel on 2 continents of this wonderful planet.

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     Being part of the production team for the movie “Gift of Wings” was a real honor for me. Firstly because it is a documentary and then the subject, being in the arts area, a field that I highly appreciate and where I have worked in the past.

     It is an extremely complex production that stretched over 3 years, with filming in locations in Romania and Italy, a film in which I had the opportunity to express myself visually and where I could learn a piece of Romania’s history, where I became rich the general culture with unique information that is not found in books and the possibility of penetrating the world of one of the greatest Romanian artists, the sculptor Pavel Bucur.

     Another delight in this production was shooting with the drone in different locations, including on the Danube-Black Sea Channel where my drone pilot skills were very much tested by Dobrogea strong winds and air currents.

BEHIND THE SCENES

ARTIST at WORK

WORKSHOP PAVEL BUCUR

PUBLIC WORKS

EXPO GALLERIES

MOSAIC WORKS

DRAWINGS

FILDAS ART ASSEMBLY

some of THE WING CYCLE

News

FESTIVAL POSTER OF GIFT OF WINGS MOVIE

GIFT OF WINGS on the FILMFREEWAY

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GIFT OF WINGS

 

To grow your own wings to fly !

And to fly even when your wings have fallen off from your body!

 

Sometimes in life, great journeys start unexpectedly: without a plan, without any coordinates, way too far from the final destination, kindled by curiosity, by obstacles and by the unknown waiting to be revealed.
Our film presents the contorted story of the tallest nonfigurative art monument in Europe, the WINGED Monument on the Danube- Black Sea Canal in Romania.

The story includes, in parallel, other descriptive plans: art lovers will get to know the work of Pavel Bucur, one of the descendants of the modern art school of sculpture, created at the beginning of the twentieth century by Constantin Brancusi; you will also take a look at the history books of a communist and dictatorial era in Romania in the ’80s and ‘90s. And you will be part of an endless struggle for the recovery, conservation and restoration of works of the Romanian national heritage.

Come with us on a Romanian and European journey, discover minute by minute, the adventure of an artist dream as big as the Winged Monument on the Danube-Black Sea Canal.

If you want to know and understand someone better, you need to go deep into his life, to step boldly in his footsteps shaped in the pebbles, the sky and the waters of the place where he traces his origins.

I will give you an artist. Pavel Bucur. With his winged flight to worlds still unveiled…

This fretful puzzle starts with “Once upon a time…”. But the end is still open..

The film took three years in the making and was lifted off the ground thanks to a very involved person, the Executive Producer, Anca Vlad, lover of arts and combatant for restoration of national works of art. She and her interest made the production happen. It’s also our first feature, hence our limitless excitement to share it with the world. 

For me, this film started as a reporter’s curiosity but continued and ended in a wonderful journey of knowledge that gave meaning to my aspirations and to the pride of being a humble romanian women.

 

FLYING WITH ANCA VLAD ON PAVEL BUCUR’S WINGS

 

In my opinion, Anca Vlad is the woman who always goes ahead of time, both in business and in passions. Of her passions, perhaps the greatest, is the passion for art. And her aesthetic sense means more than pleasure: it is a deep knowledge of the history of art and its creators.

Anca Vlad knows how to surround herself with the beneficent power of art, she knows how to appreciate and encourage artists, she knows how to love creation without limits, in all its forms.

On a late and chilly winter evening, Anca Vlad was the one who called me and suggested I make a film about Pavel Bucur’s “Winged”. And he spoke to me with such passion about this monument abandoned by the authorities and history, that he instilled in me the desire to glide in an advanced flight, on the wings of the adventure of discovering “The Winged”.

With feverishness but without haste, I slowly entered the world of the sculptor Pavel Bucur. I met his family, friends, colleagues, critics and fans.

For three years I studied, filmed, wrote and rewrote the screenplay, I did interviews with personalities of the art world who knew Pavel Bucur and who appreciated his creation, I traveled around the country and Europe discovering and scoring the map of his public or private works, I listened to the stories of his relatives and collaborators and the testimonies of the artistic world that surrounded him.

In the meantime, together with the family of the sculptor Pavel Bucur (Sanda Bucur – wife, Ana and Tania Bucur – daughters), we started a journalistic investigation hoping to decipher the tangled history of the survival of “ The Winged” Monument on the Danube-Black Sea Canal.

But the story turned out to be much more complex and hidden in the hat of bureaucracy and lame legislation that has governed Romania’s intellectual and cultural property for the past 30 years.

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To include the life and work of an artist like Pavel Bucur in an hour of film, is almost impossible.

After a difficult documentation, I wrote the first script, which lasted two hours. And I kept cutting it. I worked on the 24 essential interviews as a series of independent films. I didn’t want to lose too much of the material I put together, but I knew it was huge for one movie. Too many interesting words, too many beautiful images, too many stories to keep. You give up the details with pain, until you stay with the essentials. But often, life and atmosphere are created from details. I always had in my ears the words of my producer, Anca Vlad: “Less is more !”. Because “The Winged” is, in fact, the subject. But the monument is not born out of nothing. And it doesn’t grow up independent of the true stories around it. The artist’s route and the work’s route are umbilically linked ; the journeys are full of charm and unpredictability.

Now, every time I watch the movie again, as if I were saying something, as if I were replacing something, I have the feeling that I have not revealed enough, through word or image.

But, more or less, I wanted to show how I felt after the great meeting with the sculptor Pavel Bucur.

CORINA VOICU

 

CREDITS

DIRECTOR               Corina Voicu

WRITER                  Corina Voicu

PRODUCERS              EXECUTIVE PRODUCER : Anca Vlad

                          PRODUCER : Corina Voicu

CINEMATOGRAPHY       Alexandru Andries,

                         Silviu Crangureanu

                         Corina Voicu

POST PRODUCTION       This is Insomnia

FILM EDITING                   Dragos Teglas

                             INTERNATIONAL

 AWARDS AND LAURELS

 

2020

2020 was a difficult year. And complicated. But it was the year of RECOGNITION.

I finished the movie.

And we carried out our side activities in the context of a global pandemic that began tumultuously and disturbingly.

Life always beats the movie. And we felt that on our skin, whether we were inhabitants of one country or another.

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2021

Documentary films teach you, shake you, inform you, change your life or the way you think from the ground up.

Documentary films take you on trips, in known places or secret stories, in wonderful or nightmarish worlds, in shocking or divine realities. Documentaries excite you.

Documentary films are steps of becoming of every spectator.

What do art documentaries tell?

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The production team of “Gift of Wings” movie is happy and proud to announce everybody that our movie obtained between December 2020 and March 2021 an extraordinary international record.

The film GIFT OF WINGS received 5 official nominations (official selections) in the category “BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY” and 3 awards for Best Documentary Film.

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VENICE FILM AWARDS  Official selection / 2020

 

AWARD : BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY / 2020

 

 

TMFF MONTHLY FILM FESTIVAL  Official selection / 2020

AWARD : BEST FEATURE FILM / 2020

 

TMFF has been named by ShortFilm Connection “probably the most famous film festival currently on the web”. With almost 3500 SELECTED FILMS until now and tens of thousands of website visits each month, through TMFF your film can stand out with your project and get the reach you need and deserve!

Your official selection is automatically entered into TMFF extensive FILM COLLECTION

 

ROFest. TRENDS           Official selection / 2020

 

 

 

FESTIVAL DEL CINEMA DI CEFALÚ Official selection / 2021

 

 

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THE IMPACT DOCS AWARDS   Official selection / 2021

AWARD OF MERIT / DOCUMENTARY / 2021