24 BUCKETS, 7 MICE, 18 YEARS (24 Găleți, 7 Șoareci, 18 Ani), the first medium length documentary of Marius Iacob, produced by MANEKINO FILM won last night the Silver Dragon Award for Best Short Documentary in KRAKOW International Film Festival Poland 2012 (28.05-03.06).
The Krakow IFF Jury was headed by the Polish documentary filmmaker Marcel Lozinski and had as members, among others,Alessandro Marcionni, head of the short film selection of Locarno Film Festival, and Torene Svitil, Head of the Awards Office at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Now at its 52nd edition, Krakow International Film Festival is one of the oldest film festivals in Europe and the oldest and one of the three major international film festivals in Poland ( next to Warszaw and Wroclaw). Krakow Film Festival is officially recognized by FIAPF, the European Film Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which confirms its reputation and high esteem it’s field in; consequently, the films awarded at Krakow are automatically eligible for the European Film Awards and the Oscars in the short films categories.
24 BUCKETS, 7 MICE, 18 YEARS was realized with the support of the Open Society Documetaries Program of Soros Foundation and its festival promotion is supported by the Romanian National Cinema Center.
A unique way of life that repeats itself every day, slowly transformed Imre and Piroska in some museum exhibits. In a quiet and isolated world we meet a couple whose existence begins to depend on the interaction with a different world and the absurd within. Yet, their life stands still, like in a museum diorama, from which they are trying to break through.
Cast: IMRE POKUT and PIROSKA POKUT
Director/Scriptwriter: Marius Iacob
Director of photography: Marius Iacob
Editing/Sound: Marius Iacob / Vlad Voinescu
Producer: Adina Pintilie
Executive producer: Vlad Voinescu / Marius Iacob
Associate producer: Rocket Superbe
Produced by: MANEKINO FILM
Marius Iacob has graduated in 2006 from the National University of Drama and Film Bucharest, Film History and Cinematography Departments. He is now a PhD student and is also teaching at the Cinematography Department of the same University. Marius Iacob has been the constant collaborator, for 9 years, as cinematographer and producer, of writer/director Adina Pintilie, on almost all her films. Their last work, the medium length OXYGEN (2010) (director of photography Marius Iacob), a Manekino Film and Filmex Romania coproduction supported by the Cinema Studio of Romanian Ministry of Culture, was premiered in Tiger Awards Short Film Competition of Rotterdam Film Festival 2010 and afterwards screened in Buenos Aires BAFICI 2010, Warszaw 2010, Montpellier 2010, Thessaloniki 2010, Bilbao Zinebi 2010, Cork 2010, Tampere 2011 etc and was nominated for the Romanian Film Industry Awards GOPO 2011. Previous to this they made together 4 short film screened and awarded in international film festivals like: Vienna Film Academy IFF, Beijing Film Academy IFF, Karlovy Vary Short Film Festival, Warszaw, Huesca, Circuito OFF Venice, Uruguay, Molodist Kiev, Documenta Madrid etc. Marius Iacob has also signed the cinematography of THE FLYING SHEPHERD (produced by Aristoteles Workshop) winner of The Special Jury Award in Locarno Leopards of Tomorrow 2008 and of Honorable Mention in Full Frame IDFF USA 2009 and screened in San Francisco IDFF, Documenta Madrid,Belo Horizonte etc. and of BRIC BRAC (produced by National University of Drama and Film Bucharest) premiered in Berlinale Shorts 2009.