by Clare Byrne
Single white female with voracious appetite for forks seeks
tall dark stranger for a meaningful relationship. Attraction to metal
The subject matter of Fork Keeps, a short animated movie written, directed
and produced by Concordia film student Anne-Emanuelle Romanelli, is original,
to say the least, and it captivated audiences at film festivals across
the country in 2002.
Fork Keeps is so witty and original in its strange imaginative way
that we feel the presence of Max Ernst and Man Ray hovering behind the
camera, read the International Women in Film Festival brochure.
Romanelli claims to have been most marked by the French nouvelle vague
movement, which produced, among others, Jean-Luc Godard. She also loves
to draw. Her movie combines the introspection of an art house movie with
the magic of animation.
The production costs of the film came to $2,500, a paltry price for a
movie, but a significant sum for a student. Fortunately, Romanelli was
the recipient of a scholarship in 2002, the final year of her bachelors
in film animation. The money she saved on fees she invested in the movie.
Two friends agreed to play the fledgling couple.
The inspiration for the fork-eater came from a friends brother
who works in a psychiatric hospital, Romanelli said. He told
me about a patient who had to be operated on repeatedly because she kept
eating the hospital cutlery. In the movie, the habit represents the compromise
Alice is faced with when she meets Evan. Will she have to stop eating
Romanelli is applying to Concordias masters program in film
studies in the hope of teaching cinema studies one day. She also plans
to continue making movies.
Cinema allows you to reach out to people, she concluded. Its
creates a forum for discussion. Thats what I like about art.