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Against Time

Against Time
They are called "Mountain Heroes" the real contemporary super heroes, but few of us know the challenges behind the job of a mountain rescuer and the feeling of fear that you will not return home. The film explores the story of friendship and love between rescuers and their avalanche dogs. The film begins with the introduction of Salvamont Argeș and presents the story of Romania's first avalanche dog, Helios, who is endowed with excellent skills in finding missing persons and avoiding the dangers of nature together with his and Dara's daughter, Loca. We also witness a rescue mission with Dara, the second mountain rescue dog, highlighting the obstacles the team are facing daily. The film emphasizes the importance of the relationship between dogs and rescuers and their courage and difficulties by depicting the story of Dara, who died and appears on the emblem of the Romanian Avalanche Dogs. Being my first film in the first year of college on the road to become a filmmaker, my attempts brought me very close to the mountain rescuers, seeing them as contemporary super heroes. Their work represents a real adventure that turns out to be an example for many of us.
Director Biography - Alexandra Maria Manda
My name is Alexandra, I'm 20 years old,I live in Bucharest and I'm a film directing student and I am attend to learn from these fields:3D Animation,Graphics,3D Concepting ,Photography, Acting, Video Editing and Digital Art .My project "Against Time" represent my first movie that I made in the first year of college for the semester exam. Besides the work, the seriousness, the way of organization and the filming conditions ,this project made me get attached to the world of mountain rescuers, considering them as contemporary super heroes and I wanted their story to be heard and I won two awards at Cannes World Film Festival Remember the Future. I received in 2023 an artistic achievement diploma which is recognized at a international level by Museum of Art from Luxembourg in the contest of art:"Luxembourg Art Prize". I played at the theatre in Bucharest "Unteatru" in a play with the world-known actress Maia Morgenstern from the movie "The Passion of the Christ". I graduated a high school in Art field in Pitești and received an graphic certificate .When I was 18 I won with my filmmaking team from high school the first place in an nationally short film contest for "Anti drugs".When I was 17,me and my filmmaking high school team won the special prize in the nationally contest "Boovie Festival" and also we attended the short film festivals and theatre projects from Romania:"Boovie Festival", "Dracula Film Festival", "Anticorruption","Anti drugs" and "Stop Violence".My guidance teacher throughout the school years was Mr. Baltă Laurențiu, the former student of the well-known Graphic Artist from the Union of Visual Artists,Mircea Dumitrescu Director Statement I want this project to be seen by as many people as possible, because the work of the mountain rescuers and their dogs is a real adventure that turns out to be an example for many of us.I consider the mountain rescuers the real contemporany superheroes because they are risking their lives every day with their avalanche dogs to save people from avalanche,to find lost people on mountains,forests & avalanches ,or people who are injured.I got attached by this project where I met brave men.Even if they are smiling and trying to assure me that they are used to their hard work and it s not a big deal,I have a huge respect for them. Our best option is us.Life begins when the fear is over but sometimes failure is the key to success, it depends on how you approach the situation.I want to go to the place I'm afraid to follow because I know that place is exactly what I'm looking for.Even if talent represents 1% and 99% work, without passion, ambition and motivation you cannot create something to inspire the public.The noblest art is to make people smile and to make your message heard by others.I hope I made my message and intentions heard with the short film "Against Time".