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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…

WATCH THE FILM

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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

Venice Film Awards

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Official selection / 2020
AWARD : BEST FEATURE FILM / 2020

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ROFest. TRENDS
Official selection / 2020

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FESTIVAL DEL CINEMA DI CEFALÚ
Official selection / 2021

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THE IMPACT DOCS AWARDS

Official selection / 2021

AWARD OF MERIT / DOCUMENTARY / 2020

Posted on January 28, 2021By Global347_wp

January 2021

ANCA VLAD (ROMANIA), Gift of Wings,

                         Documentary Feature

CORINA VOICU (ROMANIA), Gift of Wings,   

                         Documentary Feature

REVIEWS

CONGRATULATIONS

PRESS RELEASE

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   On behalf of our entire staff and panel of judges, I am pleased to inform you that you have on the Impact Docs Award for Documentary film.

January 2021
IDA Team, California

Hello Corina!

   I want to send our congratulations to you and your team on Award of Merit in the Documentary Feature category honoring your film GIFT OF WINGS”!  The award is something you and your team can be proud of!  Well done!

   We hope once received that your award finds a place of honor in your space and stands as a daily reminder of all of your hard work and dedication to your craft!

Best wishe,
Rick Prickett
Competition Director
Impact DOCS Awards

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Winning an Impact is something you and your entire team can be proud of! Our judges base their decisions on the quality, creativity and technical aspects of each piece. The award appropriately reflects the endless hours you and your team have spent to create your outstanding production !

Congratulations on your achievement !

 

OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF THE FESTIVAL

We believe that film has the power to change the world.You’ve stood up for things that matter – now it’s your turn to stand up and be recognized.Our Mission is to support and promote filmmakers who are making a difference in the critical issues of our times through producing impactful documentaries…or making contributions to the world through enlightening and entertaining documentary films.
Our goal at IMPACT DOCS is to promote filmmakers of all backgrounds and experience levels – to ignite social change and to support filmmakers’ careers in meaningful filmmaking.
We believe in the power of film to IMPACT the world – and documentary filmmakers are often on the leading edge of global change by shifting perceptions, behavior and habits of the viewers. It takes great talent to entertain viewers with subjects that are real!

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TO: Corina Voicu (Romania), Gift of Wings

Season: January 2021

Greetings !

Once again congratulations on your Impact DOCS Award!  It is our sincere hope this recognition helps to move your project forward and open doors to new projects! As you know, awards and laurels can make all the difference! It will go a long way in bolstering your credibility and prestige.

If a picture is worth a thousand words – then a film trophy is priceless to your credibility. 

Impact DOCS Awards is recognized by IMDb…make sure you update your page and let the world know you and your film have been honored!

Jo Dean
Journalist, MovieMagazine, California, US

GIFT OF WINGS TEAM :

Winning the IMPACT DOCS AWARD is a real great Award for our documentary. Our film team thank all of the Festival team for their professionalism and their passion for good and very good films.

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ABOUT IMPACT DOCS AWARD :

Impact DOCS recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Documentaries were received from 30 countries, including veteran award winning filmmakers and fresh new talent.  Entries were judged by highly qualified and award winning professionals in the film and television industry.
In winning an Impact DOCS award, (company or organization) joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar winning director Louie Psihoyos for his 2016 Best of Show – Racing Extinction, Oscar winner Yael Melamede for (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies, and Emmy Award winner Gerald Rafshoon for Endless Corridors narrated by Oscar winner Jeremy Irons, and many more.
Rick Prickett, who chairs Impact DOCS, had this to say about the latest winners, “ “The judges and I were simply blown away by the variety and immensely important documentaries we screened. Impact DOCS is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. Impact DOCS helps set the standard for craft and creativity as well as power catalysts for global change. The goal of Impact DOCS is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve for their dedication and work.”

IMPACT DOCS is the newest member of the Global Film Awards Family – a family of film competitions that have been serving filmmakers for more than 14 years. IMPACT DOCS is a unique hybrid awards competition; not a traditional film festival.

Impact DOCS Awards is in its second year and is the newest member of the Global Film Awards (GFA) family of competitions who have been hosting competitions for 14 years.  As one of the original trend-setting digital online competitions, GFA set the standard for this exciting new breed of film competitions..  GFA’s Accolade Competition was named by MovieMagazine “…as one of the top 25 festivals worth the entry fee”. It is truly international in scope offering filmmakers from large powerhouses like Disney, The Weinstein Company, Discovery and Ridley Scott all the way to first time filmmakers and students, the opportunity to receive valuable feedback from an impartial judging panel comprised by highly qualified and award winning professionals in the industry.  Often the first stop on the festival circuit, GFA award winners have gone on to win Oscars like the short doc “The Lady in Number Six” and “Mr Hublot” as well as countless Emmys, Tellys and more. Information about the Impact DOCS Awards and a list of past and recent winners can be found at www.ImpactDocsAwards.com

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  •    Congratulations ! you managed to evoke the man and bring the work to life, with delicacy, sensitivity and vigor. Remarkable!
    GIANCARLO MEZETTI
    CINEMA DESIGNER, FIRENZE, ITALY
  •    Complimenti per il bellissimo filmato.
    Grazie per il vostro lavoro. Mi sono commosso al vivo ricordo dell’amico Pavel, artista, maestro, compagno di lavoro. Ci ha lasciato opere straordinarie. 

    ARCHITETTO RENZO RAVAGNAN
    DIRETTORE ISTITUTO VENETO PER I BENI CULTURALI, PADOVA, ITALY

  •    I really liked your movie. First of all, I did not know that Paul was so prolific; the small pieces looked gorgeous to me. I have never realized until now that he is, in fact, a direct successor of Brâncuși, without being an epigon or imitator; he populated the same visual universe, of the essentialized forms, but he did it in a special way, perhaps more earthy (remaining intensely seductive), although the subject was always his winged flight.
    I thought it was excellent to treat the Canal Monument, an extremely delicate and potentially ambivalent theme, with a high risk of false notes. You avoided any ideological stridency, letting the man, the artist and the visual impact of the monument shine through, but also bringing the historical background into the frame – it seemed to me a directorial tour de force. The appearance of the tank column (what an unexpected movie gold mine!) Introduced a surreal element and the intuition of a hidden and indecipherable meaning – it was as if those death machines, ugly and clumsy (I think few shapes are more repulsive and more apt to embody the chaos of war than that of a tank) had come, attracted by a mysterious force, to worship at the foot of the winged sea, incongruously embodied on the slope of a “great achievement of the golden age” …

    ADRIAN IONESCU
    CONSULTANT at MORRISTON H.- CARDIFF UK
  •     ….thank you – you brought back to life not only a memorable character and an entire era …
    GIORGIO DE SANTIS, CIS NOLA, NAPOLI
  •    Remarkable how funds were found for such a sophisticated, esoteric project, and with such a polished result – thank God that money can be found for something that is not strictly animated by the demons of commercial profit.
    ANDREEA GORIHISTORY TEACHER, ROMA, ITALY
  •    About PAVEL BUCUR
    He was an extremely pleasant, sociable, jovial, open, communicative, interesting, picturesque, creative guy, a very good man, always tastefully dressed (in the informal register), masculine but sensitive, and having a real business head, which and he watched them carefully but always decently and civilized; extremely active and hardworking, excelling in everything that involved craftsmanship, combinations of objects – a true “maker”;

    ADRIAN IONESCU
    CONSULTANT at MORRISTON H.- CARDIFF UK
  •    … Mi complimento per il video su Pavel.
    La documentazione illustra in modo esaustivo il grande lavoro compiuto da lui come artista, come uomo e
    come ricercatore.Lo ricordo con amicizia e affetto. Abbiamo avuto modo di operare insieme e lui ci ha lasciato opere di notevole valore artistico.

    ARCHITETTO RENZO RAVAGNAN
    DIRETTORE ISTITUTO VENETO PER I BENI CULTURALI, PADOVA, iTALY

TRAILER GIFT OF WINGS

MOVIE PREMIERE

CINEMAX , Veranda Mall, 15 IULIE 2021

OANA GEORGESCU, PR specialist, TV producer
Good evening and welcome! And, especially, I’m glad we found each other at a special, soul event, which brought us together after all this time.
We are together due to a high-profile cultural project, of
Fildas Art and Catena pentru artă, started 3 years ago. The launch of a feature documentary, which first traveled in the world of renowned international festivals dedicated to documentary films, has been awarded and has already witnessed success. Returning home, it was worth waiting a little for the gala opening this evening, which we all wanted. Darul aripilor, the film of Corina Voicu, is a project to which dozens of extraordinary people have contributed, from here and everywhere, many of them joining us today. It is a film dedicated to flight, the “absolute ideal of mankind”, as the great artist Pavel Bucur said, who passed away 5 years ago, with the huge regret that “Înaripata”, which has been watching for almost 4 decades, from a 48-meter height, on the bank of the Danube – Black Sea canal, was forgotten. He left us with the disappointment and helplessness of not managing to stop the tragedy by which the valuable work of art, one of the tallest monuments in the world and the tallest in the country, has been gone through for years.
We are glad to be together at this celebration of culture and art and we thank you all for being with us.
The first guest of the evening is associate professor, PhD supervisor at UNATC, scientific researcher at the Institute of Art History of the Romanian Academy, renowned historian and film critic, prose writer, essayist, screenwriter, president and member of the juries of major international film festivals. A significant representative of the academia and civil society in Romania. It is an honor for us to invite on the stage MRS. PROF. MANUELA CERNAT, PhD, distinguished ambassador of Romanian cultural values and traditions.
MANUELA CERNAT:
I am experiencing an overwhelming emotion, as I am after such a long time in an almost full cinema theatre, at the premiere of a film dedicated to one of our country’s greatest artists, who was a friend of mine during my student years, a person whom I respected so much. This film is a tribute to the creativity of an artist who was part of a generation of giants, literally and figuratively: the sculptors Pavel Bucur and Florin Codre had the chance to start their careers in a moment of great cultural openness, which allowed them to spread their wings towards an unlimited flight of their art.
   I discovered in the film of Corina Voicu a tribute full of poetry, sensitivity and affectionate warmth, a sad one still, one which was on the brink, as it speaks to us about a great artist and about the genetic powerlessness of Romanians to preserve and defend their values and creations, to preserve and defend their monuments, churches, mansions, citadels, monasteries or memorial houses, which are destroyed in front of our eyes, in total indifference.
   The Gift of Wings is a wonderful project, born out of the collaboration of extraordinary women. I really can state that the women are those who saved Romania. After 1990, 70% of women started businesses, they worked faster and adapted better to the changing times. The executive producer is a successful entrepreneur, a true business woman, one of the very few people in Romania who managed to create an extraordinary business and who thought, following the American model, that she owes it to the community to start doing good deeds for it. It is a rare quality and I congratulate her for it!
   Well, Corina Voicu invites us through her film to go to Straja, to create a human chain and to remind the authorities that we have one of the most impressive monuments in Europe and in the world, which is on the brink of crumbling due to unconcern, powerlessness and indifference. The Gift of Wings film has so many qualities that I think it would have been liked by a great Romanian woman, forgotten today: Elena Văcărescu was one of the great intellectuals of our country, who defended and supported cinematography. From the grandstand of the Nations Society (UN today), where she was a permanent delegate, she presided over the cultural section, supporting cinema as an art, and especially documentary films. Following one of her initiatives, in in 1925 in Rome, a Research Institute for Cinematography was established and in 1936, in Paris, the famous CIDALC – International Committee for Diffusion of Artistic and Literary Works by the Cinematography – was created. The first recipient of CIDALC Award, set up by Elena Văcărescu and Nicolas Pillat, was Ion Cantacuzino, for a documentary about the Danube. Here are some pages of film history which carry us into the past, still connecting us today, when documentaries worldwide tend to be more enjoyed than fiction movies, as they bring about new, real universes and tell us about people who must not be forgotten.
   I’ll get back to the film dedicated to Pavel Bucur, one we discover through the images brought in front of us by Corina Voicu, a film produced by Mrs. Anca Vlad, a creation spread around the globe… A great quality of the film is that it tells us a little bit about history too: it takes us back to the 80s, not with rage and arrows, but by looking objectively at a reality which today seems unbelievable. UTC funded a gigantic non-figurative work in a moment when everything cringed and froze in Romania, and censorship became insurmountable for artists: at Straja, on the bank of the Danube – Black Sea Canal, a work of art was erected. The artist saw it as a tribute to the thousands of people who worked and were martyred there. It was his deepest thought, not confessed then, it was a tribute to useless martyrdom, and his protest against the times when the simple word «canal» sent shivers down Romanians’ spines.
The film brings an idea into normal times, when the magnificent body of the statue overlooking the canal which connects Romania to the world must be saved! This film is a cry for help, an appeal made to the civil society and to the authorities to save it, as a post-mortem tribute which will linger, like the monument at Straja. It is very difficult to speak about an artist whom those times did not appreciate as he would have deserved, and I congratulate the author for her sensitivity of coming close to her character and for her love rendered into pictures!
OANA GEORGESCU, PR specialist, TV producer
I will invite a very successful poet, writer and editorialist, who is also the founding director of Agențiadecarte.ro, DAN MIRCEA CIPARIU, awarded for numerous cultural projects and, to congratulate him again, PhD in Philology for only one day.
DAN MIRCEA CIPARIU:
The Greeks used the female figure in sculpture when they wanted to make imaginary representations (and a poetical image) of the idea of ascension and emancipation. Pavel Bucur did the same. Let us not forget that in 1976, he unveiled at Bistrița-Năsăud a statue representing Veronica Micle, and the idea of presenting flight started from a poetical image which is a multiplying one among the artist’s works. In case of The Monument of Youth, Winged Angel or Winged, we see the representation of femininity, and this film is a feminine undertaking and because of these ladies, what is happening tonight might lead us to a story with a happy ending. Steps were taken for Winged by Pavel Bucur to be included in the list of National Culture Patrimony of Historic Monuments, but the winding road of the present is still so unreal that it could go beyond the imagination of a technocrat. I am sure that this film will cause clear delight upon viewing and that after it, we could find ourselves in a world that thinks in… poem lines and writes in… poems.
OANA GEORGESCU, PR specialist, TV producer
I will transpose into the voice and thoughts of the author of this film, before inviting her on the stage. She says like this: “It’s a film about a friend I’ve never met, it is a film about the joy of flying. I would like to life so many years to be able to make films about other friends I’ve never met, but whom I would like to meet. This film was a joy, an exploration, a knowledge, a riot, a revelation, an inquiry, an adventure, a drama. It was fascination and incitement, like any mystery behind the creative act of an artist”. – testified the author of the documentary “Darul aripilor”.
CORINA VOICU, producer, screenplay, director of the movie:
Thank you, each of you who are attending the gala premiere of this documentary. In a certain moment of my life, you placed a stone to my foundation. I am delighted that, when finishing this construction, I received kind, gentle, prompt and enthusiastic help from huge personalities of the Romanian and European culture, willing to take part in making this film.
   I want to thank the family consisting of three wonderful artists, Sanda Bucur, sisters Ana and Tania Bucur, who maybe will not find in the film everything the father, husband, friend, the man, the artist Pavel Bucur stood for… I could not fit such a rich universe in just 60 minutes. But you shall discover what I have kept in my soul from what I found out from you during these three years, and also some pieces of the story of this masterpiece which is Winged.
   Today, it is very difficult to find an art film producer in Romania, and I need to thank Anca Vlad. For her, there is no such thing as “impossible”. Everything is possible! She is overwhelmingly tenacious and, most of all, she is passionate, she loves art, which is not such a common thing, and such a love is a great burden. Confidence obliges you, makes you responsible and gives you wings to fly!.
Now, after Mrs. Manuela Cernat, after Mr. Cipariu, what can Corina Voicu tell you about Anca Vlad? I will tell you from my point of view. I think it’s difficult to find an art film producer in Romania. I don’t think you will contradict me, those who are part of the cinema world. Anca Vlad has what it takes to be an art producer, namely tenacity. For Anca Vlad there is no “No can do”, “It’s too late”, “It’s too early”, “It’s too far”, “It’s too white”, “It’s too black”, “It’s too colorful”, “It’s too colorless”, “It’s too odorless”, “It’s too much”, “It’s too little”… Everything is possible. And that’s because, besides her tenacity, Anca Vlad has a passion, has a love of art, that is not common for anyone. And I believe this love is a heavy burden, because this love bounds you, this love makes you accountable. And, besides the fact that I have to thank her for giving me the opportunity to make this film, I can only allow her to contradict me or approve me, as we usually do. Why this love is so great and what urged her in this battle to produce a film, I would like to invite her to tell you…
ANCA VLAD, executive producer of the movie, founder of FILDAS ART FOUNDATION, Founder and President of CATENA COMPANY:
We have been waiting to launch this film for some time and the moment is finally here! We started this cinema project out of love for art! We needed such a documentary! When I found out that the artist Pavel Bucur passed away, I experienced a very difficult period. I was a great admirer of his work, his personality and the shapes he created, and I felt that he left us much too soon, without getting the chance to finalize the projects he was working on… His great suffering, that he would mention time and again, was «What is happening at Straja?» and «Why is the monument degrading?», «Why were the bas-reliefs stolen?», «Why won’t people realize its value?»…”
As a form of recognition for the entire creation of Pavel Bucur for Romania, we thought of making this film. The talent and perseverance of Corina Voicu are extraordinary, so we started this journey three years ago. You will see in the documentary how the stories unfold, and you shall step in the footsteps of the artist, of his works and memories which he left behind in so many places: in Italy, at Concordia Sagittaria and Caorle, In Venice and Portogruaro, then in Bucharest, Bistrița-Năsăud, Constanța and Mogoșoaia. The Gift of Wings generated many stories and from story to story, following them and linking them, an exceptional film was created.

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CORINA VOICU, after the premiere of GIFT OF WINGS.

July 18, 2021, Bucharest

The GIFT OF WINGS premiere was a warm, wonderful, maybe too short – for some of us – gathering between friends, prominent cultural figures at the national and international level, European and Romanian artists, art lovers who, with dedication and knowing the importance of it, participated in the writing, through this film, of a new page in the Romanian cultural history. I want to say thank you to my friends and all the others who, on a hot summer day, took time to participate in this event particularly dear to our hearts.

The film speaks for itself and we invite you to watch it, including on this website.

GIFT OF WINGS has received numerous nominations and awards at film festivals around the world, which confirms once more that the art documentary genre never dies.
​ Unless we let it die.

I also want to thank these great figures of the Romanian culture, too little known, too little promoted by the mass media, too little spoiled in Romania, but who deserve so much more. Spontaneously, enthusiastically, and with real inclination, they helped reconstruct the pages of history you are about to see, while their testimonies give credibility and weight to the portrait of sculptor Pavel Bucur.

PAULINA POPOIU, Ph.D. , manager of the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum
Sculptor and butafor of the National Theatre in Bucharest, VIOREL PATER
Sculptor, professor, writer, and cultural figure VLAD CIOBANU
Independent film producer DUMITRU POHUS
Great actor and cultural figure MIRCEA DIACONU
Academy member and Professor GRIGORE POPESCU ARBORE
Sculptor YORGOS ILIOPOULOS
Curator ADINA RENTEA
Painter, writer, symbologist ANTONIO RIZZO
Architect MIHAI VATAMANIUC
General Manager Iptana – engineer CORNEL MARTINCU
RADU BOROIANU , cultural figure, curator, art critic
SIMON OSTAN SIMONE – Italian visual artist
ENZO PAGANI – Italian visual artist, creator of the Pagani de la Legnano Museum Castelanza, Italia.
Architect STEFAN BALICI , manager of the National Heritage Institute
Architect Restorer RENZO RAVAGNAN – manager Istitituto per I benni culturali – Padova
Art critic and curator BORIS BROLLO
Italian curators of the museum CA’ LA GHIRONDA from Zola Predosa, Bologna
Anastase Severin– former general manager, Lucian Bucuroiu – CEO and
Daniel Georgescu , general manager The Navigable Canals Authority.

The year 2020 was a tough one and sad for us all.
Three of those who were close to us in the film are no longer among us.
We want to pay homage to them . They are: NICOLAE IVANOV, architect MIRCEA MIHAI and DOINA PAULEANU, PhD , the manager of the National Art Museum in Constanta.

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Alongside the producer, FILDAS ART, they also joined the film crew during the most difficult moments of the production the teams from Tonica Group Agency and SensoTv, through director Otilia Spataru and production manager Rodica Petre.

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Works of art need to be seen, felt close, sometimes touched, caressed … Which, of course, proves to be impossible, almost every time.
Sometimes they need to be seen from afar, from a distance of hundreds of meters, if we are talking about a monumental work.
And if we cannot do it, then the camera will do it for us.
This is what the two young and brave operators, Alex Andries and Silviu Crangureanu, with the help of camera assistant Ionel Stanciu, did for us, they brought us closer to the work of art, 5 mm close, and also they helped us see it from hundreds a meters afar, with the help of a drone,
The post-production team – THIS IS INSOMNIA , from London, , which works including for the BBC, was established and managed by Dragos Teglas. He is the fierce Romanian editor who amazed many foreign producers and who is now in full campaign for Red bull, which is why he couldn’t be here, in Romania, right now, to attend our premiere. With him and his team, we edited this film, in several versions, at a fast pace, which also boosted our enthusiasm. Ten years ago, it was also with Dragos Teglas that I wrote the 5 editions of the Paris Fashion Week, with those films casting international fashion designer Ingrid Vlasov as a protagonist.

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Although you will see very little of her in this documentary, the FAMILY of sculptor Pavel Bucur was the actual character that pushed this project forward.
A beautiful family of visual artists: Sanda Bucur- the wife, Ana and Tania Bucur, the daughters.
It is very difficult to capture one man’s life and all the stories surrounding an artist’s masterpiece in only 60 minutes. This is why you will never see in this film all that the husband and father and artist and friend Pavel Bucur meant to you.
However, I dedicated this film TO A FRIEND whom I NEVER MET.

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There is no other person in Romania, I believe, more suited to be an art film producer than ANCA VLAD .
Anca Vlad, an important name in the business world, has a deep passion, and very well documented too, for art.
And she also has what a film producer really needs: tenacity: Anca Vlad won’t give up! For Anca Vlad there is no such thing as: “it cannot be done, we don’t get to do this, it’s too complicated, it’s too far, it’s enough, it’s too little, it’s too early, it’s too late,…”
Anca Vlad’s passion brought this film to a good end; She carried the burden of such a great love on her shoulders. Which makes you feel responsible, makes you turn more to history, it warns and conquers you.

***

I am honored and overwhelmed by the fact that two personalities of the Romanian cinematography, renowned art and film critics, wanted to speak about my film: University Professor Manuela Cernat, Ph.D. associate professor and doctoral supervisor at UNATC (National University of Theatre and Film) Bucharest, a scientific researcher at the Art History Institute of the Romanian Academy: and DAN MIRCEA CIPARIU, Ph.D. in philology, poet, writer and successful publisher, founding manager of AgențieideCarte.ro. Manuela Cernat deeply understands the work of a “filmmaker,” beyond the actual word; Dan Mircea Cipariu, who read Pavel Bucur at a very personal level and wanted to get involved, of a direct manner, in the difficult process of bringing the history of the Winged on the Danube-Black Sea Canal to a good end. I want to thank them and show my gratitude to them!

The national premiere of the Gift of Wings documentary enjoyed great success

   The gala premiere of the Gift of Wings documentary took place at Cinemax, inside Veranda Mall, in front of a select audience, including numerous culture, art and business personalities from our country.

   The Gift of Wings, the film by Corina Voicu, is dedicated to the sculptor Pavel Bucur and to the dramatic story of “Înaripata” (Winged), the highest non-figurative art monument in Romania and in Europe.
   It is a film dedicated to “flight, the ultimate ideal of humankind”, as the great artist who passed away five years ago would say with a huge regret that “Winged”, which, from its 48 meter-height, has been watching over us and over the Danube – Black Sea Canal for almost four decades, passed into oblivion… he left us with the disappointment and the helplessness of not being able to stop the tragedy that valuable piece of art has been experiencing for years.

   The event took place with the support of FILDAS ART and CATENA, through the CATENA for ART Program.

   The Gift of Wings collection documentary  has been launched in premiere, after having traveled to renown international documentary festivals, where it received numerous awards and great success.
   Between December 2020 and March 2021, the film, having 5 selections and nominations, received 3 important distinctions: Best Feature Documentary at the Venice Film Awards – Monthly Competition (Italy), Best Feature Film at The Monthly Film Festival (TMFF, UK) and Impact DOCS award, in the category Award of Merit Documentary (S.U.A.).
   Together with Sanda Bucur, the wife of the late artist and their daughters, Ana and Tania Bucur, the film cast, artists (Vlad Ciobanu, Viorel Prater), writers, film reviewers and art critics, representatives of the National Institute of Patrimony, the event was attended also by actors Mircea Diaconu, Emilia Popescu, Cristina Deleanu and Eugen Cristea, the orchestra conductor Răsvan Cernat, Aurelian Temișan and Monica Davidescu, Adrian Enache and his daughter, Diana, Nico, Ozana Barabancea, Marina Almășan, Alexandra Cepraga, Ingrid Vlasov, together with Noelle and Marian Nedelcu, Alex Naghi and many others.

   The speakers were Anca Vlad, chairman of FILDAS Art and of Fildas-Catena Group, the executive producer of the film, the University lecturer PhD Manuela Cernat, historian and film critic, writer, essay-writer and screenwriter, an important representative of academia and the civil society in Romania, the writer and poet Dan Mircea Cipariu and the director of the film, Corina Voicu.

   Anca Vlad, chairman of FILDAS ART and of Fildas-Catena Group, the executive producer of the Gift of Wings film: “We have been waiting to launch this film for some time and the moment is finally here! We started this cinema project out of love for art! We needed such a documentary! When I found out that the artist Pavel Bucur passed away, I experienced a very difficult period. I was a great admirer of his work, his personality and the shapes he created, and I felt that he left us much too soon, without getting the chance to finalize the projects he was working on… His great suffering, that he would mention time and again, was «What is happening at Straja?» and «Why is the monument degrading?», «Why were the bas-reliefs stolen?», «Why won’t people realize its value?»…”

   As a form of recognition for the entire creation of Pavel Bucur for Romania, we thought of making this film. The talent and perseverance of Corina Voicu are extraordinary, so we started this journey three years ago. You will see in the documentary how the stories unfold, and you shall step in the footsteps of the artist, of his works and memories which he left behind in so many places: in Italy, at Concordia Sagittaria and Caorle, In Venice and Portogruaro, then in Bucharest, Bistrița-Năsăud, Constanta and Mogosoaia. The Gift of Wings generated many stories and from story to story, following them and linking them, an exceptional film was created.”

   The university lecturer PhD Manuela Cernat, associate professor and doctoral supervisor at UNATC Bucharest, a scientific researcher within the Art History Institute of the Romanian Academy: “I am experiencing an overwhelming emotion, as I am after such a long time in an almost full cinema theatre, at the premiere of a film dedicated to one of our country’s greatest artists, who was a friend of mine during my student years, a person whom I respected so much. This film is a tribute to the creativity of an artist who was part of a generation of giants, literally and figuratively: the sculptors Pavel Bucur and Florin Codre had the chance to start their careers in a moment of great cultural openness, which allowed them to spread their wings towards an unlimited flight of their art.
   I discovered in the film of Corina Voicu a tribute full of poetry, sensitivity and affectionate warmth, a sad one still, one which was on the brink, as it speaks to us about a great artist and about the genetic powerlessness of Romanians to preserve and defend their values and creations, to preserve and defend their monuments, churches, mansions, citadels, monasteries or memorial houses, which are destroyed in front of our eyes, in total indifference.
   The Gift of Wings is a wonderful project, born out of the collaboration of extraordinary women. I really can state that the women are those who saved Romania. After 1990, 70% of women started businesses, they worked faster and adapted better to the changing times. The executive producer is a successful entrepreneur, a true businesswoman, one of the very few people in Romania who managed to create an extraordinary business and who thought, following the American model, that she owes it to the community to start doing good deeds for it. It is a rare quality and I congratulate her for it!

   Well, Corina Voicu invites us through her film to go to Straja, to create a human chain and to remind the authorities that we have one of the most impressive monuments in Europe and in the world, which is on the brink of crumbling due to unconcern, powerlessness and indifference. The Gift of Wings film has so many qualities that I think it would have been liked by a great Romanian woman, forgotten today: Elena Vacarescu was one of the great intellectuals of our country, who defended and supported cinematography. From the grandstand of the Nations Society (UN today), where she was a permanent delegate, she presided over the cultural section, supporting cinema as an art, and especially documentary films. Following one of her initiatives, in in 1925 in Rome, a Research Institute for Cinematography was established and in 1936, in Paris, the famous CIDALC – International Committee for Diffusion of Artistic and Literary Works by the Cinematography – was created. The first recipient of CIDALC Award, set up by Elena Vacarescu and Nicolas Pillat, was Ion Cantacuzino, for a documentary about the Danube. Here are some pages of film history which carry us into the past, still connecting us today, when documentaries worldwide tend to be more enjoyed than fiction movies, as they bring about new, real universes and tell us about people who must not be forgotten.
   I’ll get back to the film dedicated to Pavel Bucur, one we discover through the images brought in front of us by Corina Voicu, a film produced by Mrs. Anca Vlad, a creation spread around the globe… A great quality of the film is that it tells us a little bit about history too: it takes us back to the 80s, not with rage and arrows, but by looking objectively at a reality which today seems unbelievable. UTC funded a gigantic non-figurative work in a moment when everything cringed and froze in Romania, and censorship became insurmountable for artists: at Straja, on the bank of the Danube – Black Sea Canal, a work of art was erected. The artist saw it as a tribute to the thousands of people who worked and were martyred there. It was his deepest thought, not confessed then, it was a tribute to useless martyrdom, and his protest against the times when the simple word «canal» sent shivers down Romanians’ spines.
The film brings an idea into normal times, when the magnificent body of the statue overlooking the canal which connects Romania to the world must be saved! This film is a cry for help, an appeal made to the civil society and to the authorities to save it, as a post-mortem tribute which will linger, like the monument at Straja. It is very difficult to speak about an artist whom those times did not appreciate as he would have deserved, and I congratulate the author for her sensitivity of coming close to her character and for her love rendered into pictures!”

   Dan Mircea Cipariu, a philology PhD, poet, writer and successful editorialist, founder of AgențieideCarte.ro: “The Greeks used the female figure in sculpture when they wanted to make imaginary representations (and a poetical image) of the idea of ascension and emancipation. Pavel Bucur did the same. Let us not forget that in 1976, he unveiled at Bistrita-Nasaud a statue representing Veronica Micle, and the idea of presenting flight started from a poetical image which is a multiplying one among the artist’s works. In case of The Monument of Youth, Winged Angel or Winged, we see the representation of femininity, and this film is a feminine undertaking and because of these ladies, what is happening tonight might lead us to a story with a happy ending. Steps were taken for Winged by Pavel Bucur to be included in the list of National Culture Patrimony of Historic Monuments, but the winding road of the present is still so unreal that it could go beyond the imagination of a technocrat. I am sure that this film will cause clear delight upon viewing and that after it, we could find ourselves in a world that thinks in… poem lines and writes in… poems.”

   Corina Voicu, director, screenwriter, producer of the Gift of Wings film: “Thank you, each of you who are attending the gala premiere of this documentary, in a certain moment of my life, you placed a stone to my foundation. I am delighted that, when finishing this construction, I received kind, gentle, prompt and enthusiastic help from huge personalities of the Romanian and European culture, willing to take part in making this film.
   I want to thank the family consisting of three wonderful artists, Sanda Bucur, sisters Ana and Tania Bucur, who maybe will not find in the film everything the father, husband, friend, the man, the artist Pavel Bucur stood for… I could not fit such a rich universe in just 60 minutes. But you shall discover what I have kept in my soul from what I found out from you during these three years, and also some pieces of the story of this masterpiece which is Winged.
   Today, it is very difficult to find an art film producer in Romania, and I need to thank Anca Vlad. For her, there is no such thing as “impossible”. Everything is possible! She is overwhelmingly tenacious and, most of all, she is passionate, she loves art, which is not such a common thing, and such a love is a great burden. Confidence obliges you, makes you responsible and gives you wings to fly!”.

   FILDAS ART and CATENA, through the CATENA for ART Program are executive producers, and the associate producers of the film are MONDOVISION MEDIA, Tonica Group, Senso TV, Senso Arte, Galeria Senso, This is INSOMNIA.

MESSAGES AFTER THE PREMIERE OF THE FILM, from the personalities invited to the EVENT

 

CLARA BUDEANU
TV producer – ProTv
Thank you very much! It was a special and touching experience. Congratulations!

MONICA DAVIDESCU
actress
Corina, you are a wonderful director, screenwriter, coordinator, publisher, storyteller, organizer…..this film, which spreads so much warmth like no other documentary spreads, clearly shows all these talents of yours. You are way too modest and you do not acknowledge the praises as you deserve. Well done! Congratulations! We are impressed. Thank you for inviting us. Best of luck for your future ahead!

University Professor MANUELA CERNAT, Ph.D.
Congratulations and sincere thanks for tonight! A wonderfully organized event, with important guests – I had the chance to see many lifetime friends! And I don’t just say this. It really was a special premiere and I felt great, like in the good old days.

PAUL GEORGESCU
Swimmer, international record man
Corina,
We need to thank you for inviting us to see the premiere of this extraordinary documentary, especially that you have been working on it since I swam across the English Channel. In a way I feel a little bit guilty that you didn’t finish it earlier. I stole your time with my swimming adventures so many times ….

OZANA BARABANCEA
Musician, artist, professor
Thank you for your trust. I spoke about you with persons who knew Pavel Bucur’s work and I congratulate you for this initiative!
See you soon!

SANDA CEPRAGA
Musician, sound engineer
Dear Corina,
I wanted to thank you for this lovely gathering and for the powerful emotion you made me feel!
It was not just Pavel’s image, who made me go back, down the memory lane, but the entire film, full of love, so beautiful, made with so much professionalism and dedication!
I am happy to have you among my dearest and precious friends!
Thank you!

INGRID VLASOV
International fashion designer
I hope that this evening was everything that you imaged it to be. And thank you for mentioning my name.
We were impressed by the film.

OANA GEORGESCU
producer, PR specialist SensoTV
Corina, with all my sincerity, you are an amazing person, a complete professional and a great SOUL. Not to mention your sensitivity and talent, I don’t have enough words to describe it … I admire and treasure you for who you are and for what you do and you can count on me anytime! Now, just go on and enjoy your success!

Corina Voicu, addressing EUGEN CRISTEA and CRISTINA DELEANU
Actors
My dear and forever friends. Thank you for coming to the premiere. I felt like my whole family, from all times, was there. And this made me feel great. You are the same as always and your spirit make me have confidence that the good and beautiful things never die. Someone should write a book about you, as artists, as people, as a couple. I wish you to have a wonderful life and enjoy it, and never lose your humor and the light that shines in your eyes. You are a wonder and I live you very much. Even if life takes us here and there, the true bridges never crumble. Thank you, Corina.

PRESS RELEASE AFTER THE PREMIERE

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The national premiere of the GIFT OF WINGS documentary dedicated to sculptor PAVEL BUCUR enjoyed great success.
July 21, 2021 AMOS News Desk

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The gala premiere of the GIFT OF WINGS documentary film took place at Cinemax, at the Veranda Mall, in front of a select audience, including numerous cultural, art, and business personalities from our country.

GIFT OF WINGS, the documentary film directed by Corina Voicu, is dedicated to sculptor Pavel Bucur and to the dramatic story of the „Înaripata” (Winged), the tallest non-figurative art monument in Romania and in Europe.

The film focuses on “flying, as the ultimate ideal of humankind,” as the great artist who passed away five years ago used to say, while deeply regretting that his “Winged,” which has been overlooking, from its 48-m height, over the Danube-Black Sea Canal, slipped into oblivion… He left us with the disappointment and the sadness of not being able to stop the tragedy that the valuable piece of art has been experiencing for years.

The event took place with the support of FILDAS ART and CATENA, through the CATENA for ART Program.

This is the premiere of the GIFT OF WINGS collection documentary, after having traveled to well-known international documentary film festivals, where it received awards and had great success.

Between December 2020 and March 2021, the film, which was selected and nominated five times, won three important awards: Best Feature Documentary at the Venice Film Awards, Monthly Competition (Italy), Best Feature Film at The Monthly Film Festival (TMFF, UK), and the Impact DOCS award, in the Award of Merit Documentary category (USA).

Speaking at the premiere were: Anca Vlad, CEO of FILDAS Art and of Fildas-Catena Group, executive producer of the film, University Lecturer Manuela Cernat, PhD, historian and film critic, novelist, essay-writer and screenwriter, an important representative of academia and the civil society in Romania, writer and poet Dan Mircea Cipariu and film director Corina Voicu.
Anca Vlad, president of FILDAS ART and CEO of Fildas-Catena Group, executive producer of the film GIFT OF WINGS: “We have been waiting to launch this film for some time now and the moment is finally here! We started this cinema project out of love for art! We needed such a documentary! When I found out that artist Pavel Bucur passed away, I experienced a very difficult period. I was an admirer of his work, of his personality, and of the forms he created and I felt like he disappeared too soon, without even being able to finish the projects he was working on … His great pain, which he mentioned, again and again, was “What happens in Straja?” and “Why is the monument degrading?” “Why were the bas-reliefs stolen?” “Why doesn’t the world realize its value?” … As a token of gratitude for everything that Pavel Bucur created for Romania, we came up with the idea of making this film.
… The talent and perseverance of Corina Voicu are extraordinary, so we started this journey three years ago. You will see in the documentary how the stories unfold and you will step in the footsteps of the artist, of his works and memories which he left behind in so many places, in Italy, at Concordia Sagittaria and Caorle, in Venice and Portogruaro, then in Bucharest, Bistrița-Năsăud, Constanta, and Mogosoaia. GIFT OF WINGS generated many stories and from story to story, following their thread and bringing them together, an exceptional film was created.”

University professor Manuela Cernat, PhD, associate professor and doctoral supervisor at UNATC (National University of Theatre and Film) Bucharest, a scientific researcher at the Art History Institute of the Romanian Academy: “I am experiencing an overwhelming emotion as I am after such a long time in an almost full cinema theatre, at the premiere of a film dedicated to one of our country’s greatest artists, who was a friend of mine while I was a student, a person whom I admired and respected so much. This film is a tribute paid to the creativity of an artist who was part of a generation of giants, literally and figuratively:
​ Sculptors Pavel Bucur and Florin Codre had the chance to start their careers in a moment of great cultural openness, which allowed them to spread their wings and fly towards the endless skies of their art. I discovered in Corina Voicu’s film a tribute full of poetry, sensitivity, and warmth, and sadness at the same time, as it speaks to us about a great artist and about the genetic powerlessness of Romania when it comes to preserving and defending its values and creations, preserving and defending its monuments, churches, mansions, citadels, monasteries or memorial houses, which are destroyed in front of our eyes, in total indifference.

GIFT OF WINGS is a wonderful project, born out of the cooperation of extraordinary women.
​ And I can state that women saved Romania. After 1990, 70% of the women started businesses, they worked faster and adapted better to the changing times. The executive producer is a successful entrepreneur, a true businesswoman, one of the very few people in Romania who managed to create an extraordinary business and who understood, following the American model, that she owes it to the community to return some of the good deeds. It is a rare quality and I congratulate her for it!
​ Well, Corina Voicu invites us through her film to go to Straja, to create a human chain and to remind the authorities that we have one of the most impressive monuments in Europe and in the world, which is on the brink of crumbling due to negligence, powerlessness, and indifference. The GIFT OF WINGS has so many qualities that I think it would have been liked by a great Romanian woman, also forgotten today: Elena Vacarescu was one of the great intellectuals of our country, who defended and supported cinematography. From the stand of the Nations Society (UN today), where she was a permanent delegate, she presided over the cultural section, supporting cinema as an art, and especially documentary films. Following one of her initiatives, in Rome, in 1925, a Research Institute for Cinematography was born, and in 1936, in Paris, the famous CIDALC was created- International Committee for Diffusion of Artistic and Literary Works by the Cinematography. The first recipient of the CIDALC Award, set up by Elena Vacarescu and Nicolas Pillat, was Ion Cantacuzino, for a documentary about the Danube. Here are some pages of film history which carry us into the past, while still connecting us today, when documentaries tend to be more enjoyed than feature films, as they bring about new, real universes and talk to us about people who must not be forgotten. Coming back to the film dedicated to Pavel Bucur, whom we discover in the images brought in front of us by Corina Voicu, a film produced by Mrs. Anca Vlad, it’s a creation that spread its wings to fly around the globe… A great quality of the film is that it talks a little bit about history, too: it takes us back to the ’80s, not with rage and arrows, but to look objectively at a reality that today seems unbelievable. UTC funded a gigantic non-figurative work, in a time when everything was twisted and frozen in Romania, and censorship became insurmountable for artists: at Straja, on the shore of the Danube-Black Sea Canal a work of art was erected. The artist saw it as a tribute to the thousands of people who worked and were sacrificed there. It was his deepest thought, which he couldn’t confess back then, it was a tribute to useless martyrdom, and a protest against a time when the simple word «canal» sent shivers down Romanians’ spines.
​ The film transposes that idea into the normal times of today when the magnificent body of the statue overlooking the canal, which connects Romania to the world, must be saved! This film is a cry for help, an appeal made to the civil society and to the authorities to save it, as a post-mortem tribute in images to survive the test of time, like the monument at Straja. It is very difficult to speak about an artist whose time did not appreciate him as he deserved and I congratulate the author for her sensitivity of coming close to her character and for her love transposed into images!”

Dan Mircea Cipariu, a poet, writer, and successful publisher holding a Ph.D. in philology, founder of AgențieideCarte.ro: “The Greeks used the female figure in sculpture when they wanted to make imaginary representations and to show a poetical image of the idea of ascension and emancipation. Pavel Bucur did the same. Let us not forget that, in 1976, he unveiled a statue at Bistrita-Nasaud representing Veronica Micle, and the idea of representing flying started from a poetical image that multiplies in the artist’s works. In the case of The Monument of Youth, Winged Angel or Winged, we see the representation of femininity, and this film is a feminine undertaking also thanks to these ladies, and what is happening here tonight might lead us to a happy ending to this story. Steps were taken for Winged by Pavel Bucur to be included in the list of National Cultural Heritage Historic Monuments, but the winding road of the present is still so unreal that it could go beyond even the imagination of a technocrat. I am sure that this film will truly delight its audience and that, after watching it, we will find ourselves in a world that thinks in … lines and writes … poems.”

Corina Voicu, film director, screenwriter, producer of the GIFT OF WINGS: “Thank you for the fact that each of you who are attending the gala premiere of this documentary placed a stone, at a certain point in my life, in the foundation of my becoming who I am today. I am glad that so many personalities of the Romanian and European culture answered our call with such kindness, promptitude, and enthusiasm and were willing to take part in making this film. I want to thank the family of the three wonderful artists, Sanda Bucur, sisters Ana and Tania Bucur, who may not find in the film everything that their father, husband, friend, the man, the artist Pavel Bucur was and stood for… I could not fit such a rich universe in 60 minutes. But you will discover what I kept in my soul from what I found out from you, during the three years period that the film took to make, plus some pieces from the story of this masterpiece which is Winged. It is very difficult to find an art film producer in Romania, nowadays, and I need to thank Anca Vlad. For her, there is no such thing as “impossible.” Everything is possible! She is impressively tenacious and, most of all, she is passionate, she loves art, which is not very common, for such love is also a great burden. Confidence obliges you, makes you responsible, and gives you wings to fly!”

Together with Sanda Bucur, the wife of the regretted artist, and their daughters, Ana and Tania Bucur, the film cast, the visual artists (Vlad Ciobanu, Viorel Prater), writers, film reviewers and art critics, representatives of the National Heritage Institute, the event was attended by actors Mircea Diaconu, Emilia Popescu, Cristina Deleanu and Eugen Cristea, the orchestra conductor Răsvan Cernat, Aurelian Temișan together Monica Davidescu, Adrian Enache and his daughter, Diana, Nico, Ozana Barabancea, Marina Almășan, Alexandra Cepraga, Ingrid Vlasov, together with Noelle and Marian Nedelcu, Alex Naghi and many others.

FILDAS ART and CATENA, through the CATENA for ART programme are executive producers, while MONDOVISION MEDIA, Tonica Group, Senso TV, Senso Arte, Galeria Senso, This is INSOMNIA are the associate producers of the film.

For more information please go to:www.giftofwingsmovie.com.

 

 

 

 

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A unique monument in Europe left abandoned. Val Vâlcu: It’s unbelievable! Instead of being exploited, it got stuck in bureaucracy

Val Vâlcu drew attention to a unique monument in Europe which, because of the ignorance and powerlessness of the Romanian authorities, is now found in an advanced state of decay, while the work created by an emblematic artist could serve as a true tourist objective instead. 

“An extraordinary documentary film was screened yesterday. It was very well done, following an Occidental pattern, with fast frames, filmed with the help of a drone … Despite all that, however, everyone who was in that cinema hall remained with a not so happy feeling after seeing it. What is this all about?

It’s about a great artist, a Romanian sculptor from Bistrița-Năsăud, as good as Brâncusi was, let’s say. He created an extraordinary monument back in 1984, ordered by Nicu Ceaușescu. It’s the tallest monument in Europe measuring 40 meters in height and it’s located in a strategic position. When I saw it, I was astonished. It’s placed on the banks of the Danube-Black Sea Canal. It’s called “Winged.” I remains a mystery how they managed to make this at that time, when all orders were for realistic art.

What is clear, instead, is that the monument did not have an owner, for the Danube-Black Sea Canal doesn’t seem to want it, the Ministry of Culture also did not take it over … In the meantime the bas-reliefs were stolen, 25 tons of bronze were stolen and melted. Now they started to steal the Japanese steel the monument is made of, allowing the wind and rain to make their way inside it, damaging it’s supporting structure. Remember that it’s Dobrogea we are talking about, the monument is there, where the wind is no joke.

Instead of exploiting this statue – the authorities could have made a park there, an access road for tourists to come, for the view is impressive, with the canal and the bridges there, but it just got stuck in bureaucracy. Nothing has been done here since 2018, when Ionuț Vulpescu, I think he was the Minister of Culture back then, took a few bureaucratic steps.

I’m glad that Fildas Art resumed this topic and made this documentary. Let’s see now if the followers of the #resist movement, who tied themselves to a cement building – because it was Hala Matache – will do something to save this monument. With a couple of tin sheets and some paint on the supporting structure that stupid town hall could save it and exploit it for tourism purposes, but will it do it?”


Val Vâlcu

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GIFT OF WINGS documentary film, which won three awards, has been premiered in Romania
The documentary made by Corina Voicu is a feature film that tells the story of sculptor Pavel Bucur and his art monument the Winged, located on the banks of the Danube-Black Sea Canal.

The documentary film had its VIP premiere on Thursday evening at CINEMAX, with many personalities of our cultural life and protagonists of the film, visual artists, actors, film directors, writers, film and art critics, historians, representatives of the Ministry of Culture, of the National Institute for Heritage and the cultural institutions of the Capital City in attendance.

„For me, this film was a real joy, an exploration, a learning experience, a revelation, an inquiry, an adventure, a drama … It fascinated and excited me, like any mystery behind the creative work of a great artist does,” said Corina Voicu, who signed the script, directing and production of this film.

Playing the part of the executive producer of the documentary is Anca Vlad, the founder of the Fildas-Catena Group, through the FILDAS Art Foundation, for which Pavel Bucur created several impressive works: “Monumental mosaics” (ceramics – 360 sq m, 1998), “Trinity” (Ruschita marble – 2.20 m, 1999), “Carpathian Bird” (elm – 2 m, 2000), “The Holly Family” (Ruschita marble – 2.20 m, 2000) and “Germination” (Ruschita marble, 2 m – 2000)

“I knew the great sculptor, Pavel Bucur, personally, as his friend, and also as an art collector. While creating his works, he showed a lot of courage in transforming the great symbols of our national traditional culture, and the cosmogonic ones, completing them through the forms he created. Pavel Bucur belonged to the universal tradition of artists who seek to find the sense of life and death, and he remains a landmark of the modern sculpture in Romania,” Anca Vlad, the executive producer of GIFT OF WINGS, pointed out.
Between December 2020 and March 2021, the film was selected and nominated and won three awards in the BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM category.      
Pavel Bucur was born on November 1 1945, in Bistrita-Nasaud. He graduated the Fine Arts Highschool in Cluj, in 1965, and he went to the “Nicolae Grigorescu” Fine Arts Institute in 1971, the Sculpture section, Professor Ion Lucian Murnu’s class.

He participated in more than 100 national exhibitions, dozens of international exhibitions and 40 personal exhibitions, most of them in Romania, but also in Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland.
At present, there are more than 40 works of art signed by Pavel Bucur that are shown to the public in Romania and other countries such as Germany, Italy and Poland; all of them are large size works (1.20-3.80 m), made of different materials, such as fir wood, Ruschita and Carrara marble, Istria stone, calcar, stainless steel or aluminum. His works are also to be found in museums and private collections in Romania, Germany, Italy, and the US, France, Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Israel, Canada, Argentina, Belgium, Russia. In Romania, his works are displayed in Bucharest, Bacau, Buzau, Bistrita, Campina, Calafat, Dolj and Constanta, Murfatlar, Obreja or Caras-Severin etc.

One of his most famous works is the Youth Monumentum or “Winged”  (48 m in height), located on the shore of the Danube-Black Sea Canal, 9 km far from the Murfatlar (Basarabi) Town, in the area of the former Straja village.
Pavel Bucur died on September 28, 2016.

FLYING has been always humankind’s ideal. An artist can dedicate his life to this absolute ideal. I hope that my works will teach those who look at them what flying means.” (Pavel Bucur)

 

 

 

 

Laura Cioba, Contributor

EVENTS|16/07/2021 @ 1:58 PM |

Darul aripilor | Femei de 10

When I found out last night, from a superb documentary film signed by Corina Voicu, the surprising fact that,somewhere near the Danube – Black Sea Canal rises the highest monument that has ever been built in Romania, I felt a little bit embarrassed. As a journalist, I should have known. In fact, I barely knew who the author – sculptor Pavel Bucur – was, I had only heard of him vaguely. Another minus.
And if my readers are brave and sincere people, I will probably discover that I am not the only one.
But now, one of my fellow journalists, with whom I spent a lot of time in the ’90s while working together for the national television channel TVR, is remedying the situation. The documentary signed by Corina Voicu speaks, for an hour, in a fascinating manner, about a sculptor that has the same kind of talent as Brancusi, even if he did not enjoy the latter’s success and fame. The images of his less-known works, and also the testimonies of some valuable personalities, won by his talent, shape the portrait that, unfortunately, the protagonist watches now from his loge among the stars where his spirit went, not that many years ago.

And there is something else impressive about Corina’s film. There is the staggering story, captured in images, information and documents from that time, of the famous monument, left to rise alone on the edge of the world, in a place forgotten by time, where once came to life, in a hallucinatory bustle, one of the most cheered projects of the Golden Age: the Danube-Black Sea Canal. Built “at order,” as an homage paid to the amazing effort of a generation, the “Winged of Straja” – the highest monument in Europe – today is almost a ruin, the same as many other monuments of that time.

GIFT OF WINGS documentary is in itself the fruit of very hard work.

An entire team tried torestore the truth and to return the genius author to the spot he deserves. And film critics did acknowledge him, as the production collected enough awards last year to make its authors and all those who believed in the project and invested in it proud And now we need to applaud businesswoman Anca Vlad, head manager of the CATENA Company, and one of the few businesspeople in our country choosing to invest their profit NOT in their personal comfort but in projects that do something good for the others.

And what does the GIFT OF WINGS do for us? A lot! It does postmortem justice to one of the greatest artists of this country, who was unjustly forgotten, and it is also a page from the history of our culture to the reading of which the unjust times that gather us together condemn us.

The feeling you remain with, after the film ends? Is the feeling that Pavel Bucur has become dear to you and very close to your heart, and you can’t wait to leave your city on the first occasion and go to Straja, to that empty landscape that seems to belong to a different time, to admire yourself what remained of a monumental work of art. And also to bow in front of the talent of its author, who spent the last years of his life watching the agony of ‘this child of his,” in which he invested his talent „FLYING has been always humankind’s ideal. An artist can dedicate his life to this absolute ideal. I hope that my works will teach all those who see them what flying means” – said artist Pavel Bucur, before he started his own flight to Eternity …

P.S. Congratulations to the organizers of this fancy launch tonight, at Cinemax – Veranda Mall, who gathered, in a warm and refined atmosphere, with kind-hearted people, that Corina Voicu’s film, supported by FILDAS ART Foundation and CATENA for art deserves


I have joined them and I enjoyed not only the exceptional film but also a few photos that I took with people dear to me, which will enrich my memories album.

 

Marina Almasan/ 16 iulie 2021

THE NATIONAL PREMIERE OF THE GIFT OF WINGS DOCUMENTARY ENJOYED GREAT SUCCESS

   The gala premiere of the Gift of Wings documentary took place at Cinemax, inside Veranda Mall, in front of a select audience, including numerous  culture, art and business personalities from our country.

   The Gift of Wings, the film by Corina Voicu, is dedicated to the sculptor Pavel Bucur and to the dramatic story of “Înaripata” (Winged),  the highest non-figurative art monument in Romania and in Europe.
   It is a film dedicated to “flight, the ultimate ideal of humankind”, as the great artist who passed away five years ago would say with a huge regret that “Winged”, which, from its 48 meter-height, has been watching over us and over the Danube – Black Sea Canal for almost four decades, passed into oblivion… he left us with the disappointment and the helplessness of not being able to stop the tragedy that valuable piece of art has been experiencing for years.
   The event took place with the support of FILDAS ART and CATENA, through the CATENA for ART Program.
   The Gift of Wings collection documentary has been launched in premiere, after having traveled to renown international documentary festivals, where it received numerous awards and great success.
   Between December 2020 and March 2021, the film, having 5 selections and nominations, received 3 important distinctions: Best Feature Documentary at the Venice Film Awards – Monthly Competition (Italy), Best Feature Film at The Monthly Film Festival (TMFF, UK) and Impact DOCS award, in the category Award of Merit Documentary (S.U.A.).
   Together with Sanda Bucur, the wife of the late artist and their daughters, Ana and Tania Bucur, the film cast, artists (Vlad Ciobanu, Viorel Prater), writers, film reviewers and art critics, representatives of the National Institute of Patrimony, the event was attended also by actors Mircea Diaconu, Emilia Popescu, Cristina Deleanu and Eugen Cristea, the orchestra conductor Răsvan Cernat, Aurelian Temișan and Monica Davidescu, Adrian Enache and his daughter, Diana, Nico, Ozana Barabancea, Marina Almășan, Alexandra Cepraga, Ingrid Vlasov, together with Noelle and Marian Nedelcu, Alex Naghi and many others.

The speakers were Anca Vlad, chairman of FILDAS Art and of  Fildas-Catena Group, the executive producer of the film, the University lecturer PhD Manuela Cernat, historian and film critic, writer, essay-writer and screenwriter, an important representative of academia and the civil society in Romania, the writer and poet Dan Mircea Cipariu and the director of the film, Corina Voicu.

  Anca Vlad, chairman of FILDAS ART and of Fildas-Catena Group, the executive producer of the Gift of Wings film: “We have been waiting to launch this film for some time and the moment is finally here! We started this cinema project out of love for art! We needed such a documentary! When I found out that the artist Pavel Bucur passed away, I experienced a very difficult period. I was a great admirer of his work, his personality and the shapes he created, and I felt that he left us much too soon, without getting the chance to finalize the projects he was working on…  His great suffering, that he would mention time and again, was «What is happening at Straja?» and «Why is the monument degrading?», «Why were the bas-reliefs stolen?», «Why won’t people realize its value?»…”
   As a form of recognition for the entire creation of Pavel Bucur for Romania, we thought of making this film. The talent and perseverance of Corina Voicu are extraordinary, so we started this journey three years ago. You will see in the documentary how the stories unfold, and you shall step in the footsteps of the artist, of his works and memories which he left behind in so many places: in Italy, at Concordia Sagittaria and Caorle, In Venice and Portogruaro, then in Bucharest, Bistrița-Năsăud, Constanta and Mogosoaia. The Gift of Wings generated many stories and from story to story, following them and linking them, an exceptional film was created.”

   The university lecturer PhD Manuela Cernat, associate professor and doctoral supervisor at UNATC Bucharest, a scientific researcher within the Art History Institute of the Romanian Academy: “I am experiencing an overwhelming emotion, as I am after such a long time in an almost full cinema theatre, at the premiere of a film dedicated to one of our country’s greatest artists, who was a friend of mine during my student years, a person whom I respected so much. This film is a tribute to the creativity of an artist who was part of a generation of giants, literally and figuratively: the sculptors Pavel Bucur and Florin Codre had the chance to start their careers in a moment of great cultural openness, which allowed them to spread their wings towards an unlimited flight of their art.
   I discovered in the film of Corina Voicu a tribute full of poetry, sensitivity and affectionate warmth, a sad one still, one which was on the brink, as it speaks to us about a great artist and about the genetic powerlessness of Romanians to preserve and defend their values and creations, to preserve and defend their monuments, churches, mansions, citadels, monasteries or memorial houses, which are destroyed in front of our eyes, in total indifference.
   The Gift of Wings is a wonderful project, born out of the collaboration of extraordinary women. I really can state that the women are those who saved Romania.  After 1990, 70% of women started businesses, they worked faster and adapted better to the changing times. The executive producer is a successful entrepreneur, a true businesswoman, one of the very few people in Romania who managed to create an extraordinary business and who thought, following the American model, that she owes it to the community to start doing good deeds for it. It is a rare quality and I congratulate her for it!

   Well, Corina Voicu invites us through her film to go to Straja, to create a human chain and to remind the authorities that we have one of the most impressive monuments in Europe and in the world, which is on the brink of crumbling due to unconcern, powerlessness and indifference. The Gift of Wings film has so many qualities that I think it would have been liked by a great Romanian woman, forgotten today: Elena Vacarescu was one of the great intellectuals of our country, who defended and supported cinematography. From the grandstand of the Nations Society (UN today), where she was a permanent delegate, she presided over the cultural section, supporting cinema as an art, and especially documentary films.  Following one of her initiatives, in in 1925 in Rome, a Research Institute for Cinematography was established and in 1936, in Paris, the famous CIDALC – International Committee for Diffusion of Artistic and Literary Works by the Cinematography – was created. The first recipient of CIDALC Award, set up by Elena Vacarescu and Nicolas Pillat, was Ion Cantacuzino, for a documentary about the Danube. Here are some pages of film history which carry us into the past, still connecting us today, when documentaries worldwide tend to be more enjoyed than fiction movies, as they bring about new, real universes and tell us about people who must not be forgotten.
   I’ll get back to the film dedicated to Pavel Bucur, one we discover through the images brought in front of us by Corina Voicu, a film produced by Mrs. Anca Vlad, a creation spread around the globe… A great quality of the film is that it tells us a little bit about history too: it takes us back to the 80s, not with rage and arrows, but by looking objectively at a reality which today seems unbelievable. UTC funded a gigantic non-figurative work in a moment when everything cringed and froze in Romania, and censorship became insurmountable for artists: at Straja, on the bank of the Danube – Black Sea Canal, a work of art was erected. The artist saw it as a tribute to the thousands of people who worked and were martyred there. It was his deepest thought, not confessed then, it was a tribute to useless martyrdom, and his protest against the times when the simple word «canal» sent shivers down Romanians’ spines.
The film brings an idea into normal times, when the magnificent body of the statue overlooking the canal which connects Romania to the world must be saved! This film is a cry for help, an appeal made to the civil society and to the authorities to save it, as a post-mortem tribute which will linger, like the monument at Straja.  It is very difficult to speak about an artist whom those times did not appreciate as he would have deserved, and I congratulate the author for her sensitivity of coming close to her character and for her love rendered into pictures!”

   Dan Mircea Cipariu, a philology PhD, poet, writer and successful editorialist, founder of AgențieideCarte.ro: “The Greeks used the female figure in sculpture when they wanted to make imaginary representations (and a poetical image) of the idea of ascension and emancipation. Pavel Bucur did the same. Let us not forget that in 1976, he unveiled at Bistrita-Nasaud a statue representing Veronica Micle, and the idea of presenting flight started from a poetical image which is a multiplying one among the artist’s works.  In case of The Monument of Youth, Winged Angel or Winged, we see the representation of femininity, and this film is a feminine undertaking and because of these ladies, what is happening tonight might lead us to a story with a happy ending. Steps were taken for Winged by Pavel Bucur to be included in the list of National Culture Patrimony of Historic Monuments, but the winding road of the present is still so unreal that it could go beyond the imagination of a technocrat. I am sure that this film will cause clear delight upon viewing and that after it, we could find ourselves in a world that thinks in… poem lines and writes in… poems.”

   Corina Voicu, director, screenwriter, producer of the Gift of Wings film: “Thank you, each of you who are attending the gala premiere of this documentary, in a certain moment of my life, you placed a stone to my foundation. I am delighted that, when finishing this construction, I received kind, gentle, prompt and enthusiastic help from huge personalities of the Romanian and European culture, willing to take part in making this film.
   I want to thank the family consisting of three wonderful artists, Sanda Bucur, sisters Ana and Tania Bucur, who maybe will not find in the film everything the father, husband, friend, the man, the artist Pavel Bucur stood for… I could not fit such a rich universe in just 60 minutes. But you shall discover what I have kept in my soul from what I found out from you during these three years, and also some pieces of the story of this masterpiece which is Winged.
   Today, it is very difficult to find an art film producer in Romania, and I need to thank Anca Vlad. For her, there is no such thing as “impossible”. Everything is possible! She is overwhelmingly tenacious and, most of all, she is passionate, she loves art, which is not such a common thing, and such a love is a great burden. Confidence obliges you, makes you responsible and gives you wings to fly!”.

   FILDAS ART and CATENA, through the CATENA for ART Program are executive producers, and the associate producers of the film are MONDOVISION MEDIA, Tonica Group, Senso TV, Senso Arte, Galeria Senso, This is INSOMNIA.

DAN MIRCEA CIPARIU
20 iulie 2021

Monica Davidescu and Aurelian Temisan together with Doru Spataru, the first cameraman wich took images in Pavel Bucur’s workshop. The workshop was in Aurel Vlaicu street during the sculptor was pouring the model of Winged Monument of Straja.

GIFT OF WINGS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT

by CORINA VOICU

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER :

   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…

(phone ringing)

   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, ASPIRATION, STRAJA, BASS-RELIEFS, MONUMENT, ANGELS, BUCUR, FLIGHT, WINGS, BLAZE, , SCULPTOR, ROMANIA, YOUTH FLAME, DEVASTATION, FREEDOM, THE HIGHEST IN EUROPE, DETACHMENT, SCULPTOR, WHITE ANGEL…

   My mind yearned for information and certainty.
   From that very fist 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…
   This fretful puzzle starts with “Once upon a time…”. But the end is still open…

GIFT OF WINGS

V.O. (+ written + video): ( SANDU)
If a blind man opens his eyes and he’s not an artist, he sees trees, flowers, mountains. But if he’s an artist, he sees lines, shapes and colours.”

Leonardo da Vinci

V.O. NARRATOR :

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

   This is where I first turned to, in search for the energy of this mischievous and curious peasant child, born in Bistrita – Nasaud, drawn from a very young age to the crafts of shepherds, carvers, woodworkers and clay workers. This man cub was called both Pavel and Bucur: holiness and joy.

   Not far from the house he was born in, at the end of the street soothed by Bistrita river, I found a workshop unchanged for decades, belonging to stonemason Filimon Nidu – the oldest childhood friend of the artist.

Tall as a tree and grey-haired as the years passed, Nidu lives the emotion of memories with Pavel.

FILIMON NIDU (sincr): …” We knew each other from the childhood. We were neighborhoods, especialy the summers we went fishing on the river…. he was drawing… he liked drowing from verry little… we stole a brick, very fresh, made yesterday… he came and modeled it with the feet, made portraits modeling barefoot… because it was summer and hot.”

This man is not used to talking, but what he does NOT say until the end is worth more than a thousand. And what h still keeps says it all: posters, sketches, drawings, early works of Pavel Bucur, devout companions of a local straw hat which would be the hallmark of our sculptor.
. On Bistrita banks, Pavel Bucur became a fisherman and became filled with the fisherman’s energy for the rest of his life. There and anywhere he found water. Between chisel taps, Nidu tells us what Pavel also charmingly evoked in his interviews.

V.O. PAVEL BUCUR:
I loved animals, I was curious and playful. After working the field and shepherding, I would be fishing all day. They nicknamed me CHUB after the submontane fish species. I would fish for hours, looking at the willows and the stream. It was on Bistrita banks where I found my vocation as a modeller. It was there, where I first chose a stone from the river and I carved it. I am impressed by water bank stones, by their shapes and colours.”

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:

   From these miraculous realm Pavel Bucur will take flight: first to Cluj, then to Bucharest and across the country, in Europe and worldwide. But he always returned here to give his home place the gift of his creation.

V.O. NARRATOR :
Two sculptures, “Veronica Micle” – in Nasaud and “The Heroes from Heni” – in Prundul Bargaului, which are part of the long list of works belonging to public or private collections in Romania: in Calafat, Mogosoaia, Buzau, Bucharest, Braila, Magura Buzaului, Constanta.

FLY AWAY

V.O.: “Man is condemned to be free.”

JEAN PAUL SARTRE (1943)

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:

   The young carver from Bistrita had a long and tumultuous journey, from sketches, drawings, diploma paper, media graphics and theatre scenography to the Grand Monumental Creation.
From the first “Separations” to the “Winged” …

V.O. PAVEL BUCUR:
“…I had to go through life and understand the idea of wings for this reasoning being, the HUMAN. ICARUS was wrong when he thought one could get straight to the sun, even with wings. There is struggle and heroism before that …”

V.O. NARRATOR :

Especially since Pavel Bucur’s journey took place in the troubled context of his historical period.
   VLAD CIOBANU (in sync): It was a shock for Europe and for the world culture, this Romanian school of sculpture. […]. Pavel Bucur has the merit to have represented with honour this culture, in different European areas, especially in Italy. […] From de illustrious consecrated model of Constantin Brancusi.”
   Professor GRIGORE ARBORE, PhD (in sync):The Romanian school of sculpture of the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s… is, in my humble opinion, the most vigorous in Europe”.
   BORIS BROLO (it) (in sync): “… [….] …Pavel was an important sculptor of his generation, let’s call it the mid-generation, between the historical and contemporary generations. He includes the story, the history of the ’70s – ‘80s, of the Romanian sculpture”.
   VLAD CIOBANU (in sync): […] “His diploma work […] it was a composition in welded metal, entitled “Winged”.
   ANTONIO RIZZO (It) (in sync): “His work must be unravelled, it must be understood. It is a difficult pathway, because this was creation […] “sui generis”. […] I always considered him a successor of Brancusi”.
   Professor GRIGORE ARBORE, PhD (in sync):I had the intuition of a man with a speed of thought and action that very few people have.”.

V.O.: “The truth of an artist is in the hidden meaning of his work.”

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:

   How do you get closer to this truth?
   When will you be able to cover the trajectory from the first thought of “separation” to the “flight” to infinity?
   You don’t know. You may only try.
   ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPERY said: “But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart”. ( S )
   And I did try. To enter Pavel Bucur’s “home”. With my HEART.
                                                                             – images from the car, trips Bucharest, home, Vlaicu, Pangratti, Italy…

HOME

V.O.: “The whole world is where you are.”

William Shakespeare

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:

   There are no volumes written about Pavel Bucur. Because he left to the stars quite recently. I could only find bits and pieces from his earthly eternity, scattered worldwide. What a curious feeling! I felt at home everywhere: at home in Pavel Bucur’s house; at home in the hearts of those who knew him; at home in the spirit of his works; at home in the workshops where he worked, in Romania and abroad; at home with his family and the testimony of his passing; at home among catalogues, exhibits, dictionaries mentioning him; at home in galleries and exhibitions worldwide; at home in the public spaces that host his works; at home, in a photograph; at home in a piece of stone prepared for work; at home, in the hat hanging on the easel; at home, in the watching trinity drawing; at home in the “burden”, in the “separation” and in the “flight”.


V.O. NARRATOR :

 ( S ) “At home” is the entire universe of his creation, from mosaics, tapestry, jewellery, small or monumental sculptures; and his is the fight with the matter that allowed itself to be dominated: wood, stone, marble, steel.

   It took me almost three years to befriend Pavel Bucur’s world. And this seems so little given all those who had been a part of it, for a lifetime.

ASPIRATIONS

Motto
V.O. PAVEL BUCUR:
It is difficult to have a world of your own, which is also a world of others. In this world, your plastic alphabet must speak everybody’s language”

Reader PAULINA POPOIU, PhD (in sync):
   “…This wonderful silent man. He was silent, but he created so very much.”
VLAD CIOBANU (in sync):
   “He was passionate by what others thought to be just an ambition…”
Professor GRIGORE ARBORE, PhD (in sync):
   “…and he is part of the gallery of people who could reason and could not be stopped short in their journey by any political force” […] ……(they) managed to build a position internationally. […]
VLAD CIOBANU (in sync):
   “He plunged head-first […] and he created his own space, his own style.”
Professor GRIGORE ARBORE, PhD (in sync):
He went abroad naturally to present his work and (naturally) to assimilate, to receive impulses. And he received very important impulses.”
RADU BOROIANU (in sync):
   “… he is at the same time a classic and modern model, but he stops at the limit which makes him comparable with the Great Masters”
VLAD CIOBANU( sincron):
   „ An artist is somebody who does what he doesn’t know how to do.”
RADU BOROIANU (in sync):
   “… […] he has recurrent themes, they return.”
ADINA RENTEA (in sync):
   “… […] the main theme illustrated of his works is the FLIGHT.”
VLAD CIOBANU (in sync):
   “You don’t need to see the signature on a piece of work to know it’s a Pavel Bucur”
Professor GRIGORE ARBORE, PhD (in sync):
   “(…) He was a man of extraordinary energy, who came from Transylvania, he came with capacity to work and with a special and profound understanding of the meaning of art.”
VIOREL PETER (in sync):
   “I would often visit him, in his workshop. I felt the need to charge. He was (…) extremely optimistic and always active.”
JORGOS ILIOPOULOS (in sync):
   “…we were all one family.”
MIRCEA DIACONU (in sync):
   “He was made from one piece! He was perfect, coherent with himself, with the earth, with nature, with the northern part pf the country where he came from.”
Prof. Dr. GRIGORE ARBORE( in sync):
   „This is people that compose the Ntional Heritage. They are spirits of heritage. Thei are creators of heritage.”

V.O. PAVEL BUCUR:
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.”

V.O. NARRATOR :
We walk down the path of Pavel Bucur’s memories, works of art, thoughts, critics, friends or collaborators.

TAPE MACHINE: BUCHAREST; Ermil Pangratti Str.; August 2017;
Creative Workshops of the UNION OF VISUAL ARTISTS OF ROMANIA  

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
BUCHAREST. The street hosting the creative workshops of many visual artists in Romania. I meet sculptor and professor Vlad Ciobanu in the garden of his workshop. To speak about Pavel Bucur.
   VLAD CIOBANU (in sync): “The artist lives under the pressure of his vocation. He does not do something because he wants to do that, but he does it because he cannot not do it. […] He is the expression of a community. […] The artist receives vertical information.”

TAPE MACHINE: BUCHAREST; September 2017;
                GALERIA DE ARTA SENSO

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
BUCHAREST. SENSO Art Gallery, Fildas ART Foundation Gallery. Director, politician and man of culture Radu Boroianu, feels at ease talking about Pavel Bucur.
   RADU BOROIANU (in sync): […] “I’d say he had a special dedication for light and ascent […] and a mystical key which became more and more visible, more accentuated of late.”
“…In sculpture, he did not choose his materials. He somehow let himself be chosen by the materials. He has wood, he has metal, bronze of course, he has marble.”

TAPE MACHINE: BUCHAREST; National Village Museum
                “Dimitrie Gusti”; May 2017; 12:00 p.m.;

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
BUCHAREST. National Village Museum “Dimitrie Gusti”. An oasis of genuine traditional architecture, in a city troubled by ever changing landmarks. Reader Paulina Popoiu, PhD, director general of the Museum, successfully fights the great battle for the survival of the national history. And Pavel Bucur is part of it.
   Reader PAULINA POPOIU, PhD (in sync): “Somehow I always associate Pavel Bucur with Brancusi’s Mythical Birds.” (….) “Pavel Bucur fits there, in this area of the great European artists. Next to Brancusi, surely.”

TAPE MACHINE: BUCHAREST NATIONAL THEATRE; March 2017

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
Sculptor and set designer for Bucharest National Theatre for 40 years, Viorel Pater is one of the oldest collaborators with Pavel, one of the people who worked on the giant bronze structures for the Straja Monument.
   VIOREL PATER (in sync): “…I was visiting him, this was the way I tarted to work with him, because he was extremely friendly and sociable, he made frienships in all camps… everywhere he went, (….,) that was his nature. (…) … he was extremely hard working, optimistic, he had this fantastic capacity to work…”

TAPE MACHINE: BUCHAREST; National Heritage Institute
                January 2018

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
National Heritage Institute. Here too there’s a fight for conservation, restauration, recognition, fund-raising.
   Conf.Dr. STEFAN BALICI, architect; Manager of the National Heritage Institute:
“Many things have changed and our understanding of the cultural heritage has changed. (…)… We start looking for values in nearby times.”

TAPE MACHINE: VENICE; IRCCU “Nicolae Iorga”; 17 July 2017

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
Venice. I met several men of culture in one: writer, poet, art historian, thinker, professor GRIGORE POPESCU ARBORE, PhD. A long-awaited rendez-vous at the Romanian Institute for Culture and Research “Nicolae Iorga” in Venice. Let’s talk about Pavel Bucur.
   Reporter (in sync): … How long have you known Pavel Bucur?
   Professor GRIGORE ARBORE, PhD (in sync): … For an eternity […] he was a man with an absolutely amazing capacity to work … (…). I cannot separate the human quality from the artist. Because I am convinced that art expresses the man”

TAPE MACHINE: BUCHAREST; Safari ART Galleries; June 2017

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
I found ADINA RENTEA, as usual, in the middle of the cultural exhibitions she organises.
   ADINA RENTEA (in sync): “ When I saw the small pieces, although so great in substance, of Maestro Bucur, I did not get very close to them, and I did not touch them. I took a while and some talks to him, and he explained me about the human soul and the “wingless angel” and the “flight”, before I understood.”

TAPE MACHINE: BUCHAREST; SENSO Gallery; September 2017;


RADU BOROIANU (in sync)
: „… If there’s anything from Brancusi in Pavel I believe it is (just) this wish that more and more distilled shapes should still look ascending. Everything has the wish to ascension. It’s not by chance that he (too) speaks of wings, of Winged. … this wish for ascent comes from Brancusi, but it doesn’t make him an emulator.”

V.O. PAVEL BUCUR:
To get to the “Winged” idea I just had to go through life.”
TAPE MACHINE: BUCHAREST; Studio;April 2017;

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
BUCHAREST. Italian writer, painter and semiologist ANTONIO RIZZO’s studio.
ANTONIO RIZZO (It. in sync): “Regardless the material he sculpted , you see everywhere this expressive force of movement in the AIR, the wish to make the sculpture move. This is typical for FUTURISM.”

TAPE MACHINE: MOGOSOAIA; Art Park,
                 FILDAS ART Foundation; July 2018

V.O. NARRATOR :
Mogosoaia. The Sculpture Park of the Art Foundation FILDAS ART. Large sculptures and mosaics signed Pavel Bucur. And recurrent themes unveiling across large areas, in all their splendour and colour: germinations, burdens, flights, separations…, mosaics where angels seem to fall and to hold the broken skies in balance…. solar universe caught in the traditional mysticism of his last creation period: Holy Family and Trinity.

TAPE MACHINE:ITALY; PADOVA, CHIOGGIA and CONCORDIA SAGITARIA;
Instituto Veneto per i Beni
Culturali, Studio Renzo Ravagnan;15 July 2017

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
Veneto Region. Padova, Chioggia and Concordia Sagittaria. Places linked to Pavel Bucur’s sculptures and to his workshop in Italy. With a special connection with the architect, professor, restorer, founder and director of the Venice Institute for cultural assets.
Professor RENZO RAVAGNAN, architect (It – in sync): “. He had reached Venice and had started to attend the Italian artistic circles. … What initially struck me most about Pavel was his willpower, huge determination and artistic maturity.”
“He also met some of my students […] These students were impressed by the shape of his hands. And they went to touch them. As if his hands had been the end elements of a thought of productive capacity. The force these hands showed was visible. […] And these students listened to him and wanted to touch his hands, to receive his energy, wherever it came from…” (laughing)

Professor RENZO RAVAGNAN, architect (It – in sync): (showing a drawing, head of Christ) “This is a Pavel Bucur. I was with my students. I had this small table. He asked me: “Do you have a pencil?” Within minutes, he drew this sketch. And he told me: ‘This is for you!””

TAPE MACHINE: ITALY; VENETO; PORTOGRUARO;14 July 2017

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
BORIS BROLLO is waiting for us in Portogruaro, the enchanted city of arches, of Renaissance Venetian palaces and of medieval watermills. Artist, art critic, curator and UNESCO commissioner, promoter of young artists and of their innovative projects. Brollo speaks lively about Pavel Bucur.
BORIS BROLLO (It – in sync): “By age, we were connected by a world, a generation of classical artists, if you want, who came from the avantgarde.”
“He used the cubist – futurist concept to shape his works. But there is the other side of his poetics, his aesthetics “Constantin Brancusi”.

“He placed all these elements under a mystical dome.”

TAPE MACHINE: ITALY; BOLOGNA – ZOLA PREDOSA;
                 CA’ LA GHIRONDA Modern Art Museum;16 July 2017

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
   From its century-old tradition, Bologna draws the passion of combining art and nature. This concept, so beloved to Italians, gives birth in ZOLA PREDOSA to another fabulous Modern Art Museum: CA’ LA GHIRONDA.
   Up the highest hill in this park-museum, the “Little Prince” awaits. Created by sculptor Pavel Bucur. In all the splendour of its exalted candour, he’d like to speak through marbled silences. But we already know: beauty always lies in the eye of the beholder.

TAPE MACHINE: ITALY; Veneto, CAORLE; SCOLIERA VIVA;12 July 2017

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
I am at Caorle, on the North-Western shore of the Adriatic Gulf.”
BORIS BROLLO (It – in sync): “Caorle is called “Scoliera Viva” (living rocks)”
V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
On the seafront at Caorle, sculpture burst with joy into the passer-by’s life. Caorle Biennale created, right in the middle of nature, a space at the sea’s doorsteps, where artists carved their thoughts and dreams in signs.
BORIS BROLLO (It – in sync): “Here, Pavel started from the central element and decided to create a Trinity. Then he build other two elements beside.[…] At Caorle he built upon your Romanian tradition, which is also a history of the mystics.”

TAPE MACHINE: ITALY; VENETO; CHIOGGIA and VENETIA;
                 Studio Rovagnan, IRCCU; 10 July 2017

Professor RENZO RAVAGNAN, architect (It – in sync): “It’s not that life should have a significance, a meaning. Everything is about the meaning we give to life. If we linked this idea with Pavel, I’d say he had a meaning in life.” Because his life was a continuous research in arts …”
V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
This soul who poured ideas and feelings in so many different works….
Professor RENZO RAVAGNAN, architect (It – in sync): – (about Pavel Bucur’s religious works)
   “[…] He created a significant piece […] for the Diecezan Museum. […] His terminal work suggests life suffering, it represents Pavel’s thought which now reached full maturity.”

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER :
And other important works of art from public spaces, talk about Pavel Bucur.
Professor GRIGORE ARBORE, PhD (in sync): (about the Harlequin) […] “This Harlequin is like a Christ now, it is like a semi-crucifixion […], it has a tragic attitude, it’s a Harlequin turned Christ.”

TAPE MACHINE: ITALY; VARESE; MILANO; LEGNANO – CASTELLANZA;
                 ENZO PAGANI Modern Art Museum; 16 July 2017

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
   LEGNANO – CASTELLANZA hosts one of the most important modern art collections in Italy: PAGANI Museum. ENZO PAGANI, Italian artist and internationally renowned personality created here, in the ‘60s, a notorious sculpture park.
   The meeting between Pagani and Bucur was in many ways of major importance for both artists. Pavel Bucur creates a significant piece for the park entrance: Sun Gate.


TAPE MACHINE: BUCHAREST; Str Ermil Pangrati; UAP Creation Workshops;
                 Pavel Bucur’s workshop; February and July 2017.

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
   Back to Ermil Pangrati Str. The last months spent by Pavel Bucur in his workshop in Bucharest. I just want to be in his world, among his tools, his materials and his shapes, among finalised works or just sketches… I am trying to grasp his spirit and his energy, beyond the visible and beyond the family memories which have to detach from this magical place.
ANTONIO RIZZO (It – in sync): “The workshop was typical for a creative extrovert, extremely desordinated, , someone who deals with matter, with stone, with wood, someone who uses heavy tools.”

FLYING IN THE WHIRLWIND

V.O. G.P. ARBORE (from the text):
The cross he kept bearing for decades is called THE VICTORY of the Youth Monument from Straja. Pavel Bucur’s “Victory” is a steel angel gliding over Dobrogea…”

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
   Winged. Youth Flame. White Angel. Youth Monument from Straja.
“Winged”.

   The word which gave meaning to that fatidic phone call in the middle of the winter. The work of art for which I abandoned myself to time, authorities and to the war with “the thieves who enthusiastically ransack the national culture”, as professor Grigore Arbore said.

First impact: stunning.
   I am lost my words, no matter how much I braced myself to be face to face with this QUEEN of Pavel Bucur’s Winged creations.
   I let others speak about it; I will only give you some data to reflect on, even though – or especially if – it gives you goosebumps: 48 m high; the second statue – non-figurative monument in the world; 25 ton of pure bronze from the national reserve, for three bass-reliefs; hundreds of tons of the best stainless steel brought from Japan; years of work, dozens of teams, the ambition and winged thoughts of this unique creator: PAVEL BUCUR.
   Just travel from Basarabi (Murfatlar) for 9 km to discover this Monument of our contemplation.

TAPE MACHINE: CONSTANTA; May 2017

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
Constanta. Passionate about the Straja Monument, architect Mihai Vatamaniuc, together with engineer Dan Cretu organised a photo exhibition dedicated to the monument. And to Pavel Bucur.
Arch. MIHAI VATAMANIUC (in sync): […] “I happened to (…) discover the Monument from the highway and from the very first moment I was amazed by its force and expressiveness.”

Images: canal banks, poor service road, canal banks + Monument, Pauleanu gets out of the car, a walk around the monument, shadows + shooting team at the monument.

DOINA PAULEANU, PhD (in sync): “In the middle of nowhere, on a poor road, we reached the Youth Monument, Youth Flame, created by Pavel Bucur (…). It monumental in size and proportion, the climax of a cycle to which Pavel Bucur returned all his life, called Winged”
DOINA PAULEANU, PhD (in sync): “[…] this is simply a monument (…) an artist dreamt of, imagining that, with this size, this will be the work of his life… And it was.”

V.O. PAVEL BUCUR:
To create a great monument means to be prepared to create it.”

SIMON OSTAN SIMONE (It) (in sync): “… When you look at its proportions, despite the size, this work gives you the feeling of stability.”
DOINA PAULEANU, PhD (in sync): “Look how these volumes evolve, look how they articulate in this subtle and, at the same time, energetic move, look how this work impressed by proportions, by craftsmanship, by beauty, by harmony, by rhythm, by monumentality (…)”
BORIS BROLLO (It) (in sync): “Futurism focused on the intent of the movement. This is very much visible in your Nike, the Victory of Samothrace, the great sculpture at the Canal, the one you have in your country.”
Professor RENZO RAVAGNAN, architect (in sync): … “this work is impressive in size, but it also a creation which represents his entire artistic vision.”

V.O. PAVEL BUCUR:
“… I imagined the spreading flags, a bird-like exalted silhouette, the fervour of action and the fervour of soul, the victory of the most daring thought…”

Professor GRIGORE ARBORE, PhD (in sync): …This monument is important both artistically and historically.”

RADU BOROIANU (in sync): “… It is the rare case of sculptures which need to return to a kind of classical ideal of sculpture as public monument, of significant size. It has been like this since the beginnings of sculpture, in ancient times. […] Sculpture must signify something from a distance, from far and for many.”

BORIS BROLLO (It) (in sync): “Beyond the gigantic size he creates, the shape of the silhouette is typically cubist. […] (but) the impregnation of movement he gives to the attire, either at take-off, or in the back, as wings, these are futurism-specific movements: the attempt to give meaning to speed.”

RADU BOROIANU (in sync): “… That monument stirs emotion. You have the feeling you raise with it.”

Professor GRIGORE ARBORE, PhD (in sync): “… His enormous sculpture, that gigantic sculpture, the most importantfrom Europe on the banks of the Canal, is a daring interpretation in line with what we know now about the cosmic ascent, about the ascension of man, not only of the spirit, but of the man on the cross.”

VLAD CIOBANU (in sync): “[…] That Winged (…) is one of the great achievements of the Romania sculpture. Because of its size, this material is difficult to articulate, to weld, especially in an area with very strong winds, and at that height it had to be secured somehow, including in terms of mechanical resistance.”

RADU BOROIANU (in sync): “Only this type of performance, let’s call it technical, and it should place it at the centre of collective attention.”

VIOREL PATER (in sync): “ This is his most beautiful piece of work. It is his lifetime work of art. “I don’t know whether anyone will create such works again in our country.”

V.O. NARRATOR :
   And, indeed, unfortunately, nobody has so far.

RADU BOROIANU (in sync): “With this size, one may wonder whether he maintain his deep aesthetic and philosophical, spiritual sense. I can say YES. Because (…) he did not allow size to lure him.”

ANTONIO RIZZO (It) (in sync): “I as allways charmed by this sculpture ! Are they wings? Are they whirlwinds resembling wings? … It is fascinating!!!”

Arch. MIHAI VATAMANIUC (in sync): “…One might wonder whether the great Frank Gehry, who created Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, whether he might have found inspiration in Pavel Bucur’s plies… It is a Victory.”

DOINA PAULEANU, PhD (in sync): “A statue in the style of a symbolism inaugurated since Ancient Greece on this motif. The motif of VICTORY was assimilated with the glorious female body, made beautiful and lithe by the wet drapery, but also with the wings added to victory, precisely to eloquently symbolise this message.”

Reader STEFAN BALICI, PhD, architect(in sync): “… I believe this Monument has great artistic value, because it expresses this aspiration to ascension, to better, to light and, at the same time, it is an architectural and peisagistic monument .”

V.O. PAVEL BUCUR:
We all want to fly with the wings of our soul, our never tired thought, our passion may give us …”

DOINA PAULEANU, PhD (in sync): “The sculptor managed to create an abstract shape and managed to get this shape by the communist censorship, surrounding it with a series of reliefs which were conceived, at that time, so as to enable their removal from this foundation, and the piece work as a standalone entity.”

VIOREL PATER (in sync): “Pavel’s work is so beautiful that it is self-sufficient!!!”
BORIS BROLLO (IT-in sync): “With the socialist figurative realism we also saw in Est Germany, in Soviet Union, to you with Ceausescu, how propaganda was contemplated. The monument should also include an external educational lesson for the people. With Pavel, this tradition is a bit discontinued.”
RADU BOROIANU (in sync): “There were many who said this was a communists’ monument. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO with COMMUNISM.”
VIOREL PATER (in sync): “The symbol of this Winged monument from Straja, has nothing to do with communism.
RADU BOROIANU (in sync): “Nothing at all!”
Reader PAULINA POPOIU, PhD (in sync): “When we realise that being in Europe means being Romanian, then we will need Pavel Bucur, we will need Brancusi”.

V.O. GRIGORE POPESCU ARBORE (text):
An Icarus – angel is about to raise to the sun again, propelled by divine energy. He celebrates life, hope and glory, through art. This is genuine art, just like all other works of the artist, scattered in Romania, in Europe and worldwide.”

Grigore Popescu Arbore

SOME HISTORY

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
   The canal.
   Tracing back the birth of the WINGED from Straja and eager to find its story from the very beginning, I came to discover, inevitably, some of the spectacular history of the Danube-Black Sea Canal. A fabulous civil engineering work, imagined by the famous engineer Chiriac Avadanei and designed by the IPTANA Institute.

TAPE MACHINE: CONSTANTA; AGIGEA – C.N. CAN headquarters;26 July 2017

LUCIAN BUCUROIU, Executive Director, Operations Directorate CN ACN S.A. (in sync): “The idea of building a Canal between the Danube and the Black Sea is relatively old. Even in ancient times, as revealed by archaeological research, Valea Carasu might have been such an incipient idea.”

TAPE MACHINE: CONSTANTA; DANUBE-BLACK SEA CANAL; KM 48;10.06.2018

ANASTASE SEVERIN, former Director General CN ACN S.A. (in sync):The Canal was an older idea, from about 1848. In a publication from Istanbul there was this Romanian project designed by the agronomist Ion Ionescu de la Brad […]… In 1890 a German specialist designed a canal between the Danube and the sea (…) which for me, a navigator, seemed estraordinary(…) like a Jules Verne idea.”

V.O. NARRATOR:
   Now, 30 years after its birth, the Danube-Black Sea Canal reveals its importance; it shortens by 4000 km the distance between Orient and Occident, it produces electricity, it supplies riverside residents with water, it regulates floods during heavy rains.

V.O. NARRATOR:
Building the Canal was a huge challenge.
But the most difficult area of works was the very area where the Winged Monument is located.

TAPE MACHINE: BUCHAREST; SENSO GALLERY, FILDAS ART FOUNDATION;October 2017

NICOLAE IVANOV, Director of the National Youth Construction Site, Daube-Black Sea Canal (in sync):This place was special because it opened an extraordinary perspective to the Basarabi Bridge and to Agigea. It was an amazing strategic area.”

CORNEL MARTINCU, Director General IPTANA(in sync):You no longer see today such a volume of machinery and I don’t think we’ll ever see it concentrated on such a limited area. It was the most difficult area of the Canal, Basarabi area.”

NICOLAE IVANOV, Director of the National Youth Construction Site, Daube-Black Sea Canal(in sync): “Tens of thousands, millions of cubic metres of earth were excavated in that area.”
It was hard work, diabolical work….”


CORNEL MARTINCU, Director General IPTANA(in sync): “At 47 km is the Monument.And here was the hardest area!”

V.O. NARRATOR:
Sacrifice? No! Normalcy? No! Just effort, exemplary organisation, coordination almost… German! And the youth back then knew how to perform exemplary work.

V.O. NARRATOR:
The Straja Monument, also called the Youth Monument, the White Angel, the Winged from Straja or the Youth Flame is much more than the major work of the sculptor Pavel Bucur. This Monument represents, for all those who worked at the Canal, a recognition of their value and of the construction they erected.

CORNEL MARTINCU(in sync): “In occasion of the Canal Inauguration, I received this medal who has in central sideThe symbol of the Youth Monument.”

A MONUMENT IS BORN

Arch. MIRCEA MIHAI (in sync): “Nicu Ceausescu, who was UTC Secretary (at national level) undertook that 10 km of the Canal will be built by the youth…”

ANASTASE SEVERIN, former Director GENERAL CN ACN S.A. (in sync): “… To build 10 km of this Canal n an area like this, it should not be disregarded.”

Arch. MIHAI VATAMANIUC (in sync) (4): “The Canal crosses a high area and there are banks which had very special landscaping works performed.”

DUMITRU POHUS (in sync): “Where did the decision to build this Monument start? It was from the Head o of the National Youth Construction Site, Mr. Ivanov and from the first secretary, Nicu Ceausescu. They decided that this Monument should be built.”

Arch. MIRCEA MIHAI (in sync) (1A): “When Ceausescu visited the site, Nicu told him: “When the Canal is finalised, I want to build here a Monument dedicated to youth heroism”. “Very good.”
(B) Then Nicu Ceausescu decided (…) to organise a national competition. We established the programme, the theme. And they left.”

DUMITRU POHUS (in sync): “Our department (Propaganda) initiated a competition. About 40 sculptors participated.”

Arch. MIRCEA MIHAI (in sync): “This competition lasted for three or five months.”

DUMITRU POHUS (in sync): “… in the end, they chose PAVEL BUCUR.”
Arh.MIRCEA MIHAI(in sync): „There was no competition that he couldn’t win. He wanted to leave a trail behind him. He was a Transylvanian with a strong head”
NICOLAE IVANOV, Comandantul Santierului National al Tineretului, Canal Dunare-Marea Neagra (in sync):
“Ready, start the job … I have approved the project … Bucur is working … and I said:” Okay, we’d better get on with it.”

Arch. MIRCEA MIHAI (in sync):
Nicu Ceausescu told me: “Professor, not even 1 cm smaller than 40 m.””
I needed an institute to calculate the foundation, the soil supporting this work. I sent it to IPTANA.”

V.O. NARRATOR:
   Pavel worked day and night together with our teams.

NICOLAE IVANOV, Director of the National Youth Construction Site, Daube-Black Sea Canal (in sync): “… When he started something, he was very perseverant

Arch. MIRCEA MIHAI (in sync): “Other structures were added to the central elements (…) but they are not welded. This is why it must be cleaned and painted every 10 years. On the inside, otherwise it rusts.”

V.O. NARRATOR:
   Such anti-corrosive inner lining works have not been performed in the past 30 years.

Arch. MIRCEA MIHAI (in sync): “The exterior looks great because it is stainless steel. UTC ordered the stainless steel in Japan […] The Romanian stainless steel does not have the quality and the purity of the Japanese one.”

V.O. NARRATOR:
   If the hundreds of tons of steel came from Japan, the 25 tons of bronze were already in the country, in the national reserve.

DUMITRU POHUS (in sync): “Back then, any monument needed a Government Decision.”

V.O. NARRATOR:
   And there came the Government Decision to build the Monument, a kind of contract with annexes today.

DUMITRU POHUS (in sync): “Then followed the most difficult operation of all. We had to create the bass-reliefs.”

V.O. NARRATOR:
   The three huge bass-reliefs were assumed by Pavel Bucur, Viorel Pater and Jorgos Iliopoulos. Each sculptor took on himself one of them. The three figurative works, so much discussed about, actually saved the great creation. Without them there would be no Winged at Straja, on the Canal.

IORGOS ILIOPOULOS (in sync):
We made 1001 drawings… generaly quite complex compositions, with many characters.”
VIOREL PATER (in sync): “The works were carried out at the Visual Arts Fund facilities, where they had exceptional conditions “
REPORTER: How where the bass-reliefs attached?
VIOREL PATER: At the Visual Arts Fund facilities. […]They had the bronze casting workshop. They assembled. […] Pavel employed for this work one of the best resistance engineers … (…) because it’s a windy area (…).
REPORTER: Do you think that the figurative drawings had no connection with the Winged?
VIOREL PATER: NO!!!
REPORTER: But their existence was a condition for building this Monument from Straja?
VIOREL PATER: Of course! It was requested from the very beginning.

V.O. NARRATOR:
   In the meantime, at the Canal construction site, Ivanov and his teams were working on the foundation. After casting 24 columns for the foundation, on the Canal inauguration day, a message was inserted in the central column which supported the pedestal of the statue…

NICOLAE IVANOV, Director of the National Youth Construction Site, Daube-Black Sea Canal (in sync): “… which says that today, the 20th of May, at the Canal inauguration…”
V.O. NARRATOR:
the Youth Monument foundation was cast.

NICOLAE IVANOV, Director of the National Youth Construction Site, Daube-Black Sea Canal (in sync): … “This stainless steel tube which contained that parchment was inserted, then concrete was cast. Now, there is this message there, 20 m deep..”

DOINA PAULEANU, PhD (in sync): … “It was an extraordinary technological effort to create such a statue of this size,.”

Arch. M. VATAMANIUC (in sync): “Only the site coordination to be able to implement such works, and it’s pure engineering.”

DOINA PAULEANU, PhD (in sync): … “What’s left is this piece of exemplary beauty, which enhances its artistic features the more you perceive it, from all angles.”

TAPE MACHINE :
BUCHAREST; AUREL VLAICU STREET

PAVEL BUCUR’S OLD WORKSHOP; june 2017

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:

   Pavel Bucur made the intermediary model of the project in his workshop from Aurel Vlaicu. I went there to discover it, but all I found was desolation.

TAPE MACHINE :
BUCHAREST;
UAP FACTORY; july 2018

Just like in the huge facilities of the Visual Arts Fund where only the pigeons wandering around remain the only connection to the idea of flight. Some artist here and there works in improper conditions, sighing that his flight won’t have the wings to take him at the height of his dream.

ALMOST FLYING

Motto
V.O. Pavel Bucur:
When they look at my works, people should feel closer to people, to nature, to the sky, to flight…

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
   1987. The WINGED “gets wings” for real. In a quiet end of summer, her exalted silhouette glides like royalty over the land of Dobrogea. But it is solitary in its majesty, because nobody gives it the inauguration it deserves. The bitter taste its author must have felt, after such Sisyphus efforts!
   Later, in autumn, there was just a formal committee present for the final acceptance on paper. From then on, the Monument from Straja became property of UTC. And it was promised an inauguration in the next spring.
But it did not happen in 1988 either.

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
   But from the moment it was finalised, until its acceptance, the decline of the Winged had started. And the tragic solitude which intended to end its flight.
Nobody took care of the infrastructure and of the entire landscaping project which should have created a tourism and cultural pole around the Monument.
After one more year, Ceausescu’s totalitarian communist regime would crush, a “revolution” which, unfortunately meant turning our back, denial, criminal vandalism against true values, destruction or abandonment of great national objectives, without any judgment.

BURDEN

DOINA PAULEANU:
“… (…) Look around, you’ll see everything barren, nobody sees this monument. It’s a pity!”
Arch. MIHAI VATAMANIUC:
Nobody wants it.”
ADINA RENTEA:
This should make us think.”
MIRCEA DIACONU:
I recently found out that one of his monuments, the one in Straja, was vandalised.”
CORNEL MARTINCU:
The first feeling was of shock!”
RENZO RAVAGNAN:
This is a work of art which should be preserved, because it is valuable…”
ANASTASE SEVERIN:
It means the destruction of this Monument! Lack of interest,!”
LUCIAN BUCUROIU:
not everybody in Constanta knows of the existence of this Monument and it’s a pity…”
DOINA PAULEANU:
We are not that rich in monuments to afford that a piece of such significance and artistic quality should just lie somewhere. (…) at the margin of the Canal for which it was conceived.”
Arch. STEFAN BALICI:
Pretty difficult to accept such situation… But this is it !”
VIOREL PATER:
A monument is very important for what happens in society.”
MIRCEA DIACONU:
…”They should be protected, for God’s sake.”
Arch. STEFAN BALICI:
I think the monument suffers today because of the negligence (…) and administrative chaos.We don’t’t know in witch responsibility is the Monument today.”
PAULINA POPOIU:
We do not think of these people who created, who raised this country… that were often cultural Ambassadors. ”
VLAD CIOBANU:
(…) the disappearance of such dear cultural heritage (…) is beyond revolt.”
MIRCEA DIACONU:
For me this is hard to understand, impossible to understand this situation.”
RADU BOROIANU:
Monuments are made to be surrounded by life […]. This is its ascending spirit. Starting from life, it needs the breath of life.”
Arch. MIHAI VATAMANIUC:
This monument belongs to nobody. That’s a monument title.”
ANTONIO RIZZO:
I saw recent pictures […] This is a crime! A crime!!!”
VLAD CIOBANU:
Culture is expensive. Lack of culture, even more expensive ”
GRIGORE ARBORE:
“… These people are actually robbing Romania’s history. So far there is no criminal penalty for robbing history”

*

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
Educated people are revolted. Unfortunately, a new revolution, even only in culture, is impossible, because most Romanians don’t even know what we are talking about. Although the media did send some warnings, along the years.

All these situations may bring us to extinction, as national cultural entity. Many are making institutional efforts to save from deluge everything that can still be saved, but culture has never been part of the national list of priorities, on the government’s agenda.
In case….
Reader PAULINA POPOIU, PhD(in sync):
“… culture is always left under “Other matters”, we stand no chance.”
VLAD CIOBANU(in sync): …It is sad, becausd, we, the artists (…) we are the inner frontier guards. We build the resistance core of a nation. A nation and a culture cannot be defended by fences, they are defended by strengthening that core of substance which creates it identity and differentiates it from other cultures”.

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
I just want to propose an exercise: imagine you wake up one morning, and you hear and watch on all media channels that the most important art objects and monuments in the world disappeared.

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER: What would you feel? What would you think? How would you reposition on a planet which is poorer and emptier of significance?

V.O. NARRATOR :
There is nothing exaggerated when we assume that our national “Winged” might someday collapse in the canal that emanated it.

GRIGORE ARBORE(in sync): “The level of degradation of this work of art, which is, artistically, impeccable, this is unacceptable degradation.”
V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
   All theft started with “handy” things, like the border stones, the railings, the platform, the inscription with large bronze letters with the slogan dedicated to the Monument:

 

May future generations know that we did our duty to raise our country.”

 

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
The thefts left behind rusty scrap, holes, mutilated places, poor graffiti, bullet holes.

V.O. NARRATOR:
   Then followed “the great robbery”, the 3 bronze bass-reliefs. 25 de tone.

ANASTASE SEVERIN(in sync): “… We just found out they were not there anymore, overnight.”
DOINA PAULEANU(in sync): “It’s a mystery how they could disappear. Because we are talking of colossal size…”.
IORGOS ILIOPOULUS(in sync): …”When you told me that this monument was vandalised (…) and that the bass-reliefs were stolen, my heart sank.”
VIOREL PATER(in sync): “…It was not taken by those who walk the street and sell old scraps, (…) this was taken somehow “officially”.
REPORTER: Professional theft!
VIOREL PATER(in sync): Professional theft!!!

VIOREL PATER(in sync): “Someone who knew how to dismantle it, because they were very well assembled and quite high.”

V.O. NARRATOR :
   These huge areas, naked, without their attire, they no longer speak. They are part of a giant triangular pedestal, necessary but unkempt. But…
DOINA PAULEANU(in sync): “Even without the communist bass-reliefs, this is a piece of art that resists in time.”
V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
Beyond the financial value of the loss, I’m trying to get another valuation, from artists.

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
What does an artist feel when he knows his work had been stolen?
VIOREL PATER(in sync): “The shock is considerable, because a piece of art does not mean only the your work, but your soul too. “It’s like losing someone dear to you…

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
   “What does an artist feel when his work is simply stolen?
VLAD CIOBANU(in sync): What a parent feels when he loses a child.
V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
What do you feel when an object you have in custody disappears?
PAULINA POPOIU, PhD(in sync): …”angry and powerless, because you cannot protect something or you cannot do anything”
V.O. NARRATOR :
Because the works of art, in our case, Pavel Bucur’s works…
PAULINA POPOIU, PhD(in sync): they are not financial value, they are what he wanted to tell us through them… and what he tells us now, when he can no longer speak.”
V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
After the theft of the bass-reliefs, there was systematic looting, unimaginable, to steal pieces of steel from the very body of the WINGED.
Arch. STEFAN BALICI(in sync): “… it’s visible that the upper part is damaged, to the inner side, and this may affect the structure…”
V.O. NARRATOR :
   The inner part is a horror movie. It is not that dark that scares us, but natural habitat which grew here.
Looking from above, we see flocks of ship wandering around freely, as if replacing the visitors who should enjoy this happy union between art and nature.
Something must be done! Emergency intervention is in order.
Arch. STEFAN BALICI(in sync): “So it’s clearly high time for restoration and landscaping interventions so that the surrounding area may host cultural events, as it was designed.”

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER ( in sync)
Do you think the Monument from Straja should be included on the list of monuments of public importance?
Arch. STEFAN BALICI(in sync):Yes, definitely. And on the list of historical monuments of public importance … (…) because it is representative for a historical period.”

RADU BOROIANU(in sync):I could even say it should be on the list of heritage monuments.”

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
This Winged, created for flight, but tragically dependant on the space of its birth, awaits its completion. As Pavel Bucur dreamt.

ANASTASE SEVERIN(in sync): “…here it should have been a leisure area.”
V.O. POVESTITOR REPORTER:
….which should include a heliport, toilets, commercial areas, an amphitheatre for outdoor performance…
ANASTASE SEVERIN(in sync):“… the works were left to chance, unfinished…”
RADU BOROIANU(in sync):: “… initially, it was all figured out… thinking that people would gather there (…)People will come there. Born from life, the statue needs life.
Arch. MIHAI VATAMANIUC(in sync): “The Canal is a spectacle and it could become of interest in a cultural, tourist, educational tour.”
Arch. STEFAN BALICI(in sync): …”And speaking of Constanta (…) Any county development strategy (CONSTANTA) without this Monument, as an important attraction on the map and as projects generator, I believe this is not a good strategy.”

*

V.O. NARRATOR :
   The distant future is exciting because you never know what it has in store for you. But the near future is also exciting, when it bursts into the present, at least because it also surprises you.
V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
   It was a torrid summer day. We are shooting on the WINGED pedestal, on the Canal banks. It was the 29th of June 2017. Saint Peter and Paul. At some point, the earth starts vibrating with a rattle more and more present. The arm of the basket swayed threateningly. My first though was: earthquake! Alex Andries, the operator, stopped shooting and yelled at the others. “Look! There! Tanks!” On the way from Kogalniceanu military base, we could see them advancing menacingly towards us… Tanks. And they stopped just in front of the Monument. On the commanding officer’s order, all tankmen got out. In groups, they took pictures at the western side of the Monument, then they started on the stairs towards the WINGED. Within seconds, they were all near the pedestal. After taking more pictures near the Monument, they gathered to listen to a brief story. As I was closer, I could hear what their commanding officer was saying: some information about the Monument, its name, about the author, size, construction period and other brief information taken from local folklore, including about the bass-reliefs. I dare ask the commanding officer what he knows about the bass-reliefs, whether it is true what they say, that they were melt or sold as scrap…? He gives me an ironical smile: “Lady, these objects of such dimensions were not just stolen unofficially.” Shocked by the answer, I barely notice the soldiers saluting and leaving to their tanks as fast as they came. Then they disappear in the horizon, taking with them the rattling trepidation.
   During the years when we went to Straja for shooting, we seldom met few curious tourists, on their way to the seaside, who ventured to visit the Monument.
   And I always liked to believe that those who travel in the planes flying above or the crews of the endless stream of barges crossing the Canal take a gracious bow to the Winged Lady.
The Winged we now want to set free!

WHEN TWO SUNDAYS COME TOGETHER

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
What can we do? Or others… to stop the rubbery, the degradation, the indifference ?

VLAD CIOBANU (in sync): “All solutions are institutional, it’s not about individual attitudes.”
GRIGORE ARBORE (in sync): “I believe that the national authorities in charge of culture should pay attention to this work, because it must be valued according to its worth. Do you agree?”

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
Agree!

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
Even during his lifetime, as he often visited his “WINGED Queen”, either alone or with his family, Pavel Bucur noted the abandonment and devastation of his most important work. And he started, in 1991, a real commotion on the front of institutional bureaucracy. His attempts, starting from Visarta (the national copyright body for visual arts) to the Ministry of Culture and the answers whereby nobody assumes anything, then back and start all over again, all meant just being sent from pillar to post for twenty years, under many ministers of culture. Until the death of the sculptor.
The question was: who managed the Monument from Straja? Who is in charge with it? Who should protect it, preserve it and valorise it?
The monument appears like a red spot on the land registration map, between three areas: Baraganu commune, Cumpana and Danube-Black Sea Canal. While the Administration has cross-border regime.

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
Let’s go to the Administration of Navigable Canals, see what they know:

LUCIAN BUCUROIU, Executive Director, Operations Directorate CN ACN S.A. (in sync):
Currently, this monument does exist, in reality, but not in documents.”
We could not find the documents indicating who is the owner of this Monument.”

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:

   Where can it be? What happened after 1989?

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
   The real history is that in 1987 the Ministry of Culture signed the take-over of the Monument, when they signed the Acceptance Report.
   But after 1989 they passed another law which says that the Ministry of Culture may not assume any monument placed on the list of monuments of public importance, unless the administrative-territorial unit where it is located submits an application to the Ministry, to manage it.

From now on, the steps are clear: the Monument should be included in the list of monuments of public importance and then it should be placed under the responsibility of the authority in charge to manage it.
V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER

   But it’s not clear yet, take it over from whom?

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
And, later, I found out from whom: from the Constanta Youth Foundation, which had received it on the tray and without documents from the Culture Council of the Constanta County Council.

Finally, the documents for the release of the Winged are being prepared.
   Things moved fast between 2017 and 2018 and there were sometimes some happy coincidences.
In 2017 there was the 30
th anniversary of the Canal.

   At this celebration, Pavel Bucur’s family receives commemorative plaque honouring the artist.
( Due to the efforts and insistence of Sanda and Ana Bucur (Pavel Bucur’s wife and daughter), Daniel Georgescu, General Manager CN CAN, started taking determined actions to solve the legal situation and to take over the Monument.

DANIEL GEORGESCU (in sync): “We hope for a Government Decision as soon as possible and we hope to rehabilitate the access road to the Monument, and the Monument itself, we hope to be able to access European funds and rebuild what we inherited.”

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER:
   There are intentions and promises. For now.
On the other hand, in November 2018, the Committee for monuments of public importance of the Ministry of Culture initiated the documentation procedure for the classification of the Monument. The members of the Committee granted unanimously the appreciation EXCEPTIONAL for the artistic and architectural value and for the uniqueness of the WINGED from Straja.

*

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER :
And for the first time I knew that, after so much silent or uproarious effort, I can look to the sky and say:
   “Pavel, the fight is not over. There will be much water under the bridge until everything is back to normal. But the WINGED will fly.”

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER :
That’s it?
Don’t be disappointed!
I warned you from the very beginning that this was an open-ended story.
Because nothing that EXISTS is FINITE!

THE RETURN TO MOTHER GAEA

MOTTO
V.O.:
I saw the angel in the marble and I carved until I set him free.”

Michelangelo Buonarroti
TAPE MACHINE: TIMIS; LAST AUTUMN; September 2016

V.O. NARRATOR CORINA :

Pavel Bucur. At Timis.

In the brightness of the multicolour autumn….

… in the night of a plentiful life…

CHRONOS cries for time….

Mother GAEA cries her calls …

V.O. PAVEL BUCUR:
I do nothing else but try to know myself.
And I always feel I need more time for this … the time I haven’t lived yet…”

V.O. GRIGORE ARBORE:
“Now Pavel has long journeys to travel in infinite spaces…
My friend, you have not died… we’ll meet again, very likely at night…
under the Ursa stars.”

THE GIFT OF WINGS

V.O. (NARRATOR from “THE LITTLE PRINCE”):
This is, to me, the loveliest landscape in the world. It is here that the little prince appeared on Earth, and disappeared.”

V.O. NARRATOR REPORTER :

   This is how I knew Pavel Bucur in these three “winged” years.

   These were winding years, with flights, disquietude, knowledge, colours, symphonies of shapes, joy ad understanding.

   And now I return there, at the Canal, at the sea, to meet his thought, to see him carving a stone, under the shadow of his hat, to know him as the guard of the dream that grows wings.

   But in the end, I find him resting, in the east, in his favourite spot, on the shore, fishing for the time he did not live on earth, the time left from the eternity.

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