Monday, February 8, 2016
Film Review: Libelula (2015) Mihai Salajan
By Olivia Maria Hărşan
There is a relentless energy in Mihai Salajan’s Libelula that interchanges between moments of light and darkness. Focusing on documenting the underlying concepts of existence and being, the film reveals to us a compilation of stills and motion images that call for a metaphysical exploration of life. Accompanied by a haunting soundtrack, Salajan’s portaits of mundanity – an old man arguing with a tradesman, a cat grazing in the grass, a woman enjoying a meal in a Chinese restaurant – these commonplace activities become sinister and nauseating. Libelula accurately documents daily life in the “cement boxes”— apartments that act as visual reminders of the communist past. The narrator merely re-captures these flashes of existence, what is now, juxtaposing them with artifacts of a bygone era, what was… then.