Help This Artist Finish His Underground Poetic Porn Trilogy

Brief: In 2008, Romanian writer, performer and director Paul (Andrei) Stefanescu launched Qualiafilm under the name of which he would release later on his photo, video and performances projects. In 2012, he wrote and directed the motion-picture “Sleep Awake”.

I’ve virtually met the guy (self-calling himself Tony Red at that time) in the autumn of 2014, when I interviewed him for Cultartes. He was looking for amateur actors and actresses for his “underground poetic porn film”. Soon after I learned that he succeeded. The cinematic project called “Beings” was finished three months later.

It probably involved a lot of struggle while looking for funding, mixed feelings concerning the quality of the story or the screenplay, and “loser actors” as Paul called them, romanticizing a bit the filmmaking context in his (what I called his bulk of blog posts) public diary. “From now on I’ll be working with loser actors only; actors who understood they don’t stand a chance to be famous, respected or publicly appreciated. The ones with hope are automatically disqualified”, he stated back then.

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“Obscur” Movie Poster

A half a year later (april 2015), the young director was announcing again the WIP of a new ”disident movie”, the so called “Obscur” and that he was looking again for collaborators. “Obscur is a film about a chance meet between an immortal suicidal man and a paranoic raped woman, each other trying to use the other into fulfilling their existential, life-threading need to give meaning to an obligatory existence”. But the project was postponed.

After more than a year, clues of reviving the project emerged online. This is when you can get involved. “We are getting ready for our new project Obscur (#Obscur 2.0), a crazy intimate transgressive underground film”. This is when we learn that all these years we were witnessing a trilogy in making, without even knowing. “With it we finish a trilogy of the body: Sleep Awake (2012), Beings (2015) and Obscur (2017)”, he explained. If you have the time and the mood and want to be initiated into Romanian fucked-up film, you can even watch the first two on YouTube or Vimeo, for free:


As a personal observation, Stefanescu was (and still is) looking at his own project with the modesty and lack of self-trust of Tolstoy reading his own works. Uselessly, I might add. It doesn’t really matter how you perceive yourself, but how others perceive you. And so far, Paul’s pursuit of bringing people together to create something so difficult and unique, while breaking taboos and then bravely taking the blame for it is worth the respect and public appreciation.

Again, Obscur it’s one of those low to non-budget movies you could literally become part of. If you’re interested in active participation you can check here the full list of cast and crew needed. Donations are more than welcomed as well via PayPal.

Main photo: (c) Codruta Imagery

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Romanian self-taught writer, interested in contemporary art, unconventional culture and gonzo journalism. He's been writing for almost a decade while doing shitty jobs for a living. He's agnostic, supports a censorship-free world, he reads way less than he wants and he enjoys feminist porn.

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