OCTAVE

By Serge IOAN CELEBIDACHE

ALPIN FILM FESTIVAL - as FEST

Epic - Completed 2017


    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Epic
    • Countries
    • ROMANIA
    • Languages
    • ROMANIAN
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Serge IOAN CELEBIDACHE
    • Producer(s)
    • Media FILMS (OBLIQUE )
    • Synopsis
    • Octave, a man in his eighties, returns to his childhood rural mansion in the Romanian countryside in order to sell it. The property was the cradle of his early years, when he lived a happy carefree life surrounded by his parents, his brothers and sisters, and his numerous friends from the neighbouring village, notably his childhood sweetheart, Ana. But the house was also the scene for the most traumatic event in Octave’s life, the death of his mother, in circumstances that have remained unexplained to him, and that have haunted his subconscious ever since.
      He has not returned to the property since that day in June 1941 when, still a teenager, he said farewell to Ana on a railway platform and joined the Army as Romania entered World War II and committed troops to the Eastern Front. The passing years, the hardships of life and the bitter and endless legal battles to recover ownership of his property after the fall of the communist regime have eroded his emotional attachment to the mansion, which, as he returns to it, he considers merely a burdensome property asset.
      He is welcomed at the estate by Spiridon, one of his childhood friends and the son of the original caretaker, who has looked after the property through the years and has arranged viewings by various potential buyers. During his stay, Octave re-lives life-shaping events from his past, at times appearing as the ten-year-old little boy he was back then, at other times retaining the physical aspect of an elderly man. Scenes from his distant childhood that unfold before him, often with Octave himself as the main protagonist, gradually reconnect him to his early years and to the property. Through this surreal and impressionistic journey back in time, Octave re-lives the full range of childhood experiences and emotions.
      The memorable mealtime food fights with his beloved brothers and sisters, the fun, the camaraderie, the rivalries and of course the mischief with his group of friends replay themselves to remind Octave of happier times.
      Octave’s boundless admiration for his wonderful father, his childhood icon and a wise man… albeit one with his own little weaknesses but also the unconditional love and affection of his mother, a gifted artist, whose paintings will offer Octave further clues to the mystery of her untimely death. Octave is further confronted with the pain and ecstasy of being in love with Ana, the girl that might have been “the one”. They seemed destined to be lifelong soul mates but Destiny had other plans.
      Octave’s journey is his chance to rekindle this pure and innocent relationship, with the wisdom of an eighty-year-old - and appearing to the viewer as such - but still magically appearing to Ana as the little boy she knew back then. The complexity of adult relationships, and the reality of the ticking clock of death are all revisited during Octave’s journey back in time. As these long forgotten memories rise from the past, Octave is forced to confront his own suppressed fears and eventually finds answers to the questions that have cast a shadow over his adult life and clarity on the decisions that lie before him.
      Having, at long last, rediscovered his own roots and made peace with Life, Octave can return with serenity to the present and look towards a future he thought he no longer had.
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