#SHORTVIEW: “(un)conscious” by Martin Markov

Synopsis:

Trapped in their breathless life, a man and woman meet as an old person faints on the street. Waiting for the ambulance, they realize their unconscious existence and decide to change their lives.


THE THOUGHTS OF OTHERS


> How did such a curious script come to be?

The screenplay for this short film was written by Theodora Markova, and for her, it was kind of a real story – she actually stood by while a guy passed on in front of her, and had to wait for the ambulance to come rescue him. That’s how the story came to be.

> The idea of “unconsciousness” in your movie, is not so a “physical” state as a “mental” one.

For me, the man that lies on the ground is not the unconscious one, but the other two – and the focus is actually on them throughout the movie. This was the main topic for me: the fact that we all live our lives in a state of relative unconsciousness, unaware of what we are doing, and it’s all because we follow the thoughts and opinions of others. Sometimes, our choices are not even ours, but theirs.

I think that in this era, we have started to diverge from our own paths, following those that others have decided for us, and for this to change, something big and unexpected would have to happen for us to stop, and realize where we are, and what we really want to do. And that’s what I wanted to show in my story: this point of change, of realization.

> Do you think that short films are making a good job in helping us consider different ideas?

This is my first short movie, so honestly, I can’t talk a whole lot about them. But I can say that in the grander scheme, people are doing a lot more movies, because it’s getting cheaper – and that means that you only need an idea. Therefore, it should be so; but usually, films are being made by people that have no training at all, and don’t have a “dramaturgic” context.

I also think that many films are being made not for the audience, but for the festivals. And I’m sad about that, because I think that the main target of films should always be the people, not the director, nor other professionals, nor the festivals of the industry. To empower people should always be the ultimate goal of any filmmaker, I think.


At the point of the interview, Martin was juggling some ideas for another short film and a full length feature – as he hoped for “his screenwriter, his wife” to put them into words.