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Director Adrian Sitaru on the differences between his first work-in-progress-version and the released final version: "The structure is not different at all, except for a few details, but, technically speaking, this is a completely different film. Given that Hooked was shot on MiniDV, it really looks and sounds amazing at the moment. The French producers did an incredible job with the film's color correction and sound design. They basically re-invented all the ambient sound, as we hadn't recorded anything else than the characters' dialogues on the set, sometimes also affected by outdoor sounds or the car's engine. The film really looks like true cinema in the current version and I am very thankful to my co-producers for making all that amazing work possible." See more »
Another remarkable artwork of the New Romanian Cinema
Adrian Sitaru shows here the grit to take on an immense risk - and make it worth: a movie made up exclusively of subjective angles: the camera alternatively substitutes itself to each of the three main characters, and also to the secondary and cameo ones. The effect is "BlairWitchian" (or "Cloverfieldesque") and it works perfectly. Far of being just a cinematographic stunt, the method is invested with serious expressive values, contributing to the significant developing of the relationships between the characters.
One should also remark the well built script, the crescendo of terror, the economy of means - everything reminding, in the best possible vein, of Polanski's "Nóz w wodzie" ("Knife in the Water"). Special kudos for the characters, extremely credible, coherent in their inner complexity, realistic but also insolite. Definitely, a lesson in creating live humans on screen, and carry them to unbearable heights of tension.
Finally, we must underscore the tremendous merit of making this valuable piece of art as an independent project, using digital technique and with virtually no budget. Fortunately, it turned out so good, that the producers finished by finding the financing for conversion on film. Definitely, Adrian Sitaru is a new gain for Romanian and European cinema!
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