PLEASE HOLD THE LINE PLEASE HOLD THE LINE
When one contemplates exciting professions, ones that offer variety, cable technician is probably not high on the list. In PLEASE HOLD THE LINE, Pavel Cuzuioc shows just how wrong this preconception can be. The film shadows cable technicians on the job in the neighbouring countries of Ukraine, Moldavia, Romania and Bulgaria, in the process revealing not only how particularly dependent life in rural areas is on communication infrastructure, but also capturing this particular life in its pure, authentic form. From the living rooms and backyards of these regions' inhabitants, with a calm and pleasantly intimate atmosphere, the film tells of the multi-faceted encounters that the angels in blue experience while going about their tasks. Here they do more than just provide a service – they are also rescuers, bearers of hope and spiritual counsellors. They connect individuals to the world and keep them in touch with themselves, for truly "communication is everything". Cuzuioc's documentary film is a fitting tribute to these workers that do everything in their power to save an already alienated world from falling to pieces.
Born in Chişinău, Moldavia, Cuzuioc moved to Vienna in 2000 to attend courses at the film academy. To date, his films have made appearances at diverse film festivals, for instance in Locarno, Sheffield and Cottbus.
2011 // DIGGING FOR LIFE / DOINA GROPARILOR
2020 // PLEASE HOLD THE LINE
86 min, DCP, colour
Romanian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Russian, French, English
OV with German and English Subs
Pavel Cuzuioc Filmproduktion
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