Regional Competition

24 Buckets, 7 Mice, 18 Years

Marius Jacob
Screening time  
28.02. / Thursday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 2  
02.03. / Saturday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 4  
03.03. / Sunday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 5  
A unique way of life repeating itself every day has slowly transformed Imre and Piroska into a sort of museum exhibits.

In a quiet and isolated world we meet a couple whose existence begins to depend on the interaction with a different world and the absurd within. Their line of work turned them into a sort of local attraction, and vacationing foreigners are brought to see ‘the bears’ and photograph themselves with them. It seems as if nothing could alter their daily routine. Neither the intruders, nor the hard work they are doing. The only unknown factor is the lottery which they ardently keep track of on their radio, and their whole life gravitates around numbers.


Marius Jacob

Marius Iacob, born 1978, is a Romanian cinematographer, director and co-founder of Manekino Film - a production company based in Bucharest that sets an official frame of 10 years of creative work in the cinema field. He was the cinematographer of short and medium-length films screened at many prestigious festivals. He provided photography for Oxygen (2010, director Adina Pintilie) and Locarno Award-winning documentary The Flying Shepard (2008). 24 Buckets, 7 Mice, 18 Years is his first film as a director and producer and the second one produced by Manekino Film.

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24 găleţi, 7 şoareci, 18 ani

2012, 39', video

Directed by:
Marius Jacob

Screenplay by:
Marius Iacob

Marius Iacob

Edited by:
Vlad Voinescu, Marius Iacob

Adina Pintilie

Produced by:
Manekino Film

Festivals & Awards:

Krakow Film Festival 2012 - Silver Dragon for the Director of the Best Documentary Film; Sarajevo Film Festival 2012 – EDN Talent Grant; Minsk International Film Festival 2012 – Award for High Documentary Ethics; Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner 2012; DOK Leipzig 2012; Visions du Réel 2012