четверг, 23 июля 2015 г.


Capturing candid street scenes in urban Romania, this bleak and surprising documentary tracks the relationship between filmmaker Livia Ungur and the place she used to call home. Filming with a long lens from a great distance, Livia and collaborator Sherng-Lee Huang observed strangers and tried to read their lips. From these fragments of conversation, Livia’s own story emerges. “Prodigal” is a self-reflexive critique of the documentary form, a poetic evocation of urban loneliness, and a melancholy meditation on being home and leaving home.

Director: Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang

Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang have exhibited as an artist duo since 2015. Livia was born in communist Romania, grew up there after the revolution, and as an adult came to America. She studied sculpture and video at the Yale School of Art. Sherng-Lee was born and raised in Tennessee. He learned filmmaking by directing short films and sketch comedy videos. Their collaborative work plays as a conversation—or an argument—between makers with contrasting reference points. Storytelling drives much of their work, as do the lies and truths underlying the creation of narratives. In time-based media and objects, they create wary yet hopeful encounters with history, autobiography, and pop culture. They live with their schnoodle Dexter in Brooklyn, New York.


Film Type:Documentary, Short
Genres:Experimental documentary, city symphony
Runtime:8 minutes 14 seconds
Completion Date:January 1, 2015
Production Budget:200 USD
Country of Origin:United States
Country of Filming:Romania
Film Language:English, Romanian

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