Synopsis

A documentary about the catastrophic floods of 1970.

Water Like a Black Buffalo - documentary online on CINEPUB

Directed by: Andrei Cătălin Băleanu, Petre Bokor, Dan Pița, Mircea Veroiu, Youssouff Aidaby
Script: Andrei Cătălin Băleanu, Petre Bokor, Dan Pița, Mircea Veroiu, Youssouff Aidaby
Producers: Stere Gulea, Roxana Pană
Cinematography by: Iosif Demian, Dinu Tănase, Ion Marinescu, Nicolae Mărgineanu
Edited by: Dan Naum, Felicia Pătrașcu
Sound: Bogdan Cavadia
Music: Teodor Mitache
Year: 1970
Category: feature film
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 62 minutes

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PLOT SUMMARY

A hybrid between a documentary and a “poetic” essay, this commissioned film of the present leaves a paradoxical impression of an outdated family album. Moreover, the most frequently used technique in this “art film” is either a series of old women staring into the camera or a swarm of children.

With the servile detachment of criticism, this cinematographic litany has become a pretentious benchmark of an entire generation of “authors” whose style will spawn imitators.

AWARDS

  • 1971 – ACIN – “First Work” Award (Dan Pița, Mircea Veroiu, Petre Bokor, and Andrei Cătălin Băleanu)
  • 1973 – Cannes – International Film and Youth Encounters – Honorary Diploma

WHAT CRITICS SAY:

“It can be said that, similar to Michelangelo Antonioni’s Gente del Po and Luchino Visconti’s Ossessione, Apa ca un bivol negru (Water Like a Black Buffalo) denotes the same ability of the image to divert the path to truth in cinema.” – Titus Vijeu

ARTICLES

  • Water Like a Black Buffalo. Film-Essay – Ionuț Mareș – 2014 – ziarulmetropolis.ro
  • Water Like a Black Buffalo – Generation Film. – Gelu Ionescu – aarc.ro
  • At the grass’s edge – Water like a black buffalo – Cristian Caloian – 2022 – agenda.liternet.ro

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