Manuel Cojocaru’s first short-film – “Idol” –  is a stop-motion about violence, cruelty, desperation and the tireless search for help in a higher force.

For a first film, the black and white, experimental montage manages to deliver a symbolic, terrifying experience, to say the least. Ritualistic, primordial concepts like rebirth, omnipotence and fertility are hidden in plain sight.

The whole video was shot in a totally improvised mini-studio. “The equipment was limited – weak camera, without tripod – and I soon found out the pictures were shot in 4:3, while the video is in 16:9, so I had to crop some parts out”, Manuel explains. “Instead of tripod I had to use clay to keep the camera still. I fooled around with a lighter and some hair-spray, while the actual mini-studio was a painted box”.

When coming up with the short-video, the nowadays’ philosopher and free-thinker tries to challenge himself to illustrate the most “absurd, primitive and archetypal realm” he can imagine, while giving a palpable shape to something he didn’t try before, ergo filmmaking.

If curious, you can check his new dark video below:

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Romanian self-taught writer, based in Cyprus, interested in contemporary art, unconventional culture and gonzo journalism. Writing for almost a decade, he is agnostic, supports a censorship-free society and reads way less than he wants.