Please Hold the Line
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    Please Hold the Line

    Directed by

    Austria

    2020

    86 min

    • Romanian
    • Ukrainian
    • Bulgarian
    • Russian
    • French
    • English

    Documentary, Essay

    Transilvania IFF / Astra IDFF (SPECIAL JURY MENTION) / Minsk IFF / Viennale (THE ERSTE BANK EXTRA VALUE-FILM PRIZE)

    An audiovisual allegory on communication - this film follows cable technicians in different countries, as they visit their customers. Each client they call on provides a glimpse into their own individual universe. With so many tools for communication, we still inhabit a modern-day Tower of Babel; an ordered discordance of personalities and perspectives

    Awards

    • Erste Bank´s ExtraVALUE-Film Prize Appreciation - Viennale IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Ghenadie Mardari
    Oleg Chumak
    Ionut Fotin
    Marius Marcovici
    Georgi Tcholakov
    Screenplay
    Pavel Cuzuioc
    Editing
    Samira Ghahremani

    Director's Statement

    We like to think of communication devices as a people binder. Yet, with a larger variety of communication tools than ever before, each human being continues to insist on his personality and perspective, social disintegration is as strong as ever. “Please hold the line” is about people who fix communication defects - like cable technicians fixing a tv, phone or a modem - as well as about their customers. A palette of human typologies. I am interested in the human being, with its everyday struggles. It is these individual universes that fascinate me the most.

    Sales
    SYNDICADO FILM SALES
    Production
    PAVEL CUZUIOC FILMPRODUKTION

    Press

    Pavel Cuzuioc’s mostly observational documentary follows cable technicians at work across Ukraine, Romania, Moldova and Bulgari.

    Cineuropa

    Pavel Cuzuioc

    Pavel Cuzuioc

    Moldova

    Pavel Cuzuioc was born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. In 2000, he moved to Austria where he followed courses on film directing at the Vienna Film Academy. His films where screened at various international film festivals such as Locarno FF, IDFA, HotDocs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Clermont Ferrand ISFF, Black Nights IFF, DocAviv FF, Transylvania IFF, Cottbus FF, and more.

    Selected Filmography