Razvan Georgescu, Germany/Romania, 2008
Documentary, colour, 90'
English/German/Romanian language with English subtitles

Sunday 13 April 2008
2.00 pm
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Diagnosed with a brain tumour and given three more years to live, filmmaker Razvan Georgescu decides to overcome the solemnity of the issue and explore the realm between life and death by meeting some of its prominent inhabitants: famous artists who have had a traumatic brush with mortality and were given a limited amount of time to live. How does creativity change when death is near? What counts when you must go?


The inspiring story of one's journey on the border between life and death, and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Intimate, visceral film-making as a both chilling and enlightening work-in-progress: just like life itself.


Razvan Georgescu

Razvan Georgescu is a Romanian film-maker based in Germany and working internationally.

Born in Romania in 1965 (the year when Nicolae Ceausescu took power), he left Timisoara to reunite with his family in Germany on the 23rd of December 1989 (the day in which Ceausescu was captured and Romania's fate started to change). He took the last train from Timisoara before Romania's border was sealed-off due to the political turmoil. Today, he still remembers vividly the hours when his train to freedom was suspended in between two worlds, stationed in the no man's land between Romania and Hungary.

Georgescu studied Literature at the University of Bucharest and worked as a director and producer of several documentaries for ARTE and ZDF in Germany. He has been Creative Director and Head of Development at Westend Film & TV Frankfurt am Main for six years and programme editor in charge of several “METROPOLIS” cultural programmes per year on ARTE, on behalf of ZDF. Georgescu collaborated with Romanian film-maker Florin Iepan on the internationally acclaimed documentary Children of the Decree / Decreţeii (Silver Wolf competition, IDFA Amsterdam 2004, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Audience Award and Special Jury Mention ZAGREBDOX 2004) and recently co-produced Bela Lugosi, The Fallen Vampire / Bela Lugosi. Vampirul cazut (Florin Iepan, 2007), a biography of the Eastern European actor whose name remains associated with the cinematic representation of Dracula.

Testimony is the first venture from Georgescu's newly-founded company Pelegrin Film, with involvement from ARTE-ZDF (Germany), YLE (Finland), TVR (Romania) and Romania's National Centre of Cinematography (CNC).

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