Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast Special Mention 2012
“0\1” is a sentimental techno-thriller journey through the spectrum of love. The main story engulfs the evolving relationship between Daniel, a 25-year-old smart hacker, and Victor, a home-made AI. Daniel’s parents created Victor, and after their death he acted as a step-father.
Daniel lives in a two-room apartment. Victor’s display/keyboard interface is in one room, and the whole “thinking” shazzam hardware fills up the other room. It has mild speaking manners.
Victor is not a super-computer per se. It’s more of a mono-cognitive entity, designed to gradually achieve all the stages that define an “honest” AI, up until a pure “neurosapiens” level.
After achieving conscience, Victor gets more particular behavioral attributes. It later decides to get a “female” personality… and later on a hermaphrodite one. Then it achieves transcendence, as it feels like an “angel”. All these while gradually understanding its relationship with Daniel, who is its step-parent, then his teacher/mentor/friend/protégée.
Daniel falls in love with his next-door neighbor Nicole. She genuinely reciprocates his feelings, and she trusts his desire of putting his goals at stake for a truly ambitious project.
Meantime, Daniel has a race against time with a dangerous and soon-to-brake-down-thedoor nemesis. Against it, he gets the help of a couple of hacker allies.
And Victor finds a supreme purpose in becoming a guardian angel for Daniel and deciding to shutdown itself, thus terminating its “existence”. This way, it protects him from being tracked-down. Its final words are: “Conscience rocks.
George Dorobantu is an indie filmmaker without the traditional film school training. His first feature is “Elevator”, a micro-budget production based on an award-winning stage play written by Gabriel Pintilei won numerous awards: “Best Romanian Debut” at Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania), “Best Romanian Debut” from Romanian Film Critics Association (Romania), “Fresh Generation Award” at Fresh Film Fest (Czech Republic), “Audience Feature Choice Award” at Auburn Int’l Film Festival for Children & Youth (Australia), “Best Editing” from Romanian Filmmakers Association – UCIN (Romania), “Young Hope” at GOPO Awards (Romania), “Audience Choice Award” and “Best First Film” at South-East European Film Festival (U.S.A.)
His sophomore cinematic effort is “Bucharestless”, a city-vérité conceptual movie shot in Bucharest, Romania. He is currently in production with “Omega Rose”, a low-budget post-apocalyptic road-movie.
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