Panta Rei

Wanda Mihuleac
Romania, 1975
10 min.

A slow-time masterpiece, Panta Rei originates from the mythic trope of narcissistic reflection, easily translatable for ecological thinking in imminent danger.

Wanda Mihuleac, whose filmography was never properly valued within the larger context of Romanian cinema, only exclusively in visual arts circles, was at one time also interested in the poetic imaginary of water. Her slow cinema masterpiece starts out from the mythical trope of narcissist reflection, which is easily translatable into ecological thinking at a time of imminent danger, a sensation intensified by the soundtrack of Octavian Nemescu, a sensorial mix of harsh breaths, flowing water, and piercing instrumental sounds. Combinations in circles (1965), the musical composition which is used here, is missing from the archives of the Pompidou Center, but through the generosity of the artist, Erica Nemescu and Irinel Anghel, we could recover and adapt it to the film. (Călin Boto, BIEFF 2022)

Date and Location

1st of October, 16:00, Cinemateca Eforie


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Panta Rei

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A slow-time masterpiece, Panta Rei originates from the mythic trope of narcissistic reflection, easily translatable for ecological thinking in imminent danger.


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