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As You Like It
If you could pick only one photograph of yourself for the next generations to remember you, which one would you choose? The film brings together stories from people facing their gravestone picture while still being alive and focuses on the image of the self, as a threshold of the visible world they leave behind. As this is an eternal memory for the descendants, people seem to be very keen on finding “the right” portrait. How would you recognize your 82 years old grandparents if their gravestone portrait shows them as 16 years old adolescents? The graveyard picture is also part of the collective memory of the society we live in. That’s why Sabina, a 72 years old widow, wants to replace her gravestone picture because she is “too red” and she will be misjudged as an alcoholic. The audience discovers the graveyard as a public photo album and a living social document.

Paula Onet is a freelance film-maker from Romania, 4th grade student at Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Theatre and Television, department of Cinematography, Photography and Media. In her second academic year, she was selected for one-year-scholarship in Seoul, South Korea at Dongguk University. While being there, she joined The International Summer School: The Short Film Production Workshop. After coming back to her homeland, she applied for Erasmus scholarship and studied one semester in Turkey at Anadolu University. In an attempt to get self-financial support, she worked for the local broadcast of the National Television (TVR3). Besides the academic background, in the summer of 2011, she was one of the 16th participants of the Aristoteles Workshop, an International Documentary Training Program for European Filmmakers.
”As You Like It” (”după FEL și CHIP”) / Documentary / 2012 / as director, cinematographer, editor”Connection Lost” / Documentary / 2012 / as co-director and co-editor”The Japanese Quince Tree” / Documentary / 2011 / as Editor”WAVES” / short fiction film / 2011 / as co-director, co-cinematographer, editor, co-producer”How old are you, Korea(n)” / Documentary / 2010 / as director, cinematographer, editor , producer”GLASs” experimental short film / 2010 / as director, cinematographer, editor, producer

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