Computer Animation/Film/VFX

Auszeichnung - Award of Distinction

The Reflection of Power

Mihai Grecu (RO)

This film is a rare glimpse into one of the most reclusive places of the world, Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. Slowly, an unknown anomaly devours this strange city. But the city’s atmosphere of eternal celebration never changes no matter how obvious the approaching end. The people keep absurdly demonstrating the same preset patriotic behavior. The visual poetry of the film rests upon metaphoric relations being created between architectural objects, including symbols of the North-Korean regime, and the natural phenomena sent to dissolve them. The film supposes history to be a chain of situations that seem to be unshakable until they are gone forever.


Mihai Grecu

Mihai Grecu (RO/HU) was born in 1981. After studying art and cinema in Romania and France, at the Fresnoy Studio of Contemporary Arts, he has been developing a complex personal visual language. By mixing symbolic images with highly metaphorical situations and surreal atmospheres, his works challenge the viewer’s perception as well as contemporary imagery, with recurring themes such as environment, war, water and metamorphosis. His film-poems have been shown in numerous film and new media festivals worldwide (Rotterdam, Festival of New Cinema in Montreal, Clermont Ferrand, Videobrasil) and exhibitions (Dans la nuit, des images at the Grand Palais in Paris, Mois de la Photographie in Paris, Hengesbach Gallery in Berlin etc.).

Director: Mihai Grecu
Production: Bathysphère Productions
Producer: Nicolas Anthomé
Script: Mihai Grecu
Camera: Mu-jin
Editing: Mihai Grecu, Seto Momoko, Clémence Diard
Sound editing: Mihai Grecu, Guiz Maubert
Sound design: Mihai Grecu, François Martig, Yann Leguay
Mixing: Simon Apostolou
Animation and special effects: Mihai Grecu, Manea “Dexter” Alexandru