MAN AT WORK-part 2: SANDPIT #186 ( 20′, 2008, Adina Pintilie / George Chiper)

Romanian title: BALASTIERA #186

20 minutes, 35mm, 1:1.85, B&W, fiction, Romania


Richard Bovnoczki

Gabriel Spahiu


Director: Adina Pintilie/George Chiper

Scriptwriter: Adina Pintilie/George Chiper

Cinematography: George Chiper/ Iulian Nan

Editing/Sound Design: Vlad Voinescu

Set designer: Andrada Chiriac

Executive producer: Vlad Voinescu/ Adina Pintilie / George Chiper

Produced by: National University of Drama and Film Bucharest

Outskirts of an industrial city.

A deserted sandpit and its solitary tenant.

One day – an ordinary day -, in his empty concrete and iron world a stranger comes. Nothing seems to change.. but things are not the same anymore.


“Balastiera #186″ is more a poem than a story about solitude and longing, about our essential need for the other and, yet, about the impossibility of real contact between people. Nevertheless, in our “disenchanted” world, this longing/search for the Other, what we call ”love” in any of its unexpected forms, seems to be our only way to access a possible ”divinity”,  our onlyway to deny nothingness.


Locarno Film Festival 2008 – Here&Elsewhere/Author Shorts

Special Mention – Trieste International Film Festival 2009

Second Prize – Miami International Film Festival 2009

International Film Festival of Beijing Film Academy China 2008

Semana de Cine Exprimental de Madrid Spain 2008

Brasilian International Student Film Festival 2008

Warszaw International Film Festival 2007

Mediawave International Film Festival Hungary 2009

Sofia International Film festival – Best Balcan Shorts 2009

Kiev International Film Festival Molodist Ucraine 2008

Romanian Film Festival London 2008

Romanian Film Festival Toronto 2009

Critics Award – “Cinemaiubit” International Student Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania,2007

Best Film Award – Ffest Student Film Festival, Romania, 2007

Anonimul International Film Festival, Romania, 2007

Transilvania International Film Festival, Romania,2007