Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF 2013
December 11th-15th, Cinema Studio & Cinema Elvira Popescu
^ the 4th edition
- Golden Shorts: Best Films in Major Festivals -
THE MASS OF MEN (16', UK, 2012)
Director: GABRIEL GAUCHET
Amid economic and political tensions, the oppressed masses have no choice other than violent revolt. Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Short Film in Locarno, THE MASS OF MEN is inspired by the 2011 London protests, outbreaks of collective anger against the state of general apathy and disillusionment reigning the country. The story follows Richard, a 55 year old jobless man, whose late arrival for a meeting with his unemployment assistant has disastrous consequences for him. If initially, we are tempted, out of reflex, to harshly judge the protagonists, GAUCHET cleverly manages to change our view on the incident, challenging our very idea of morality. Placing the notions of good and evil under the magnifying glass of relativism, THE MASS OF MEN deals, at a deeper level, with the paradoxes of human nature, which break loose in crisis situations, with fear, cowardice, despair and anger.