When Elena told him she loved nothing more than the color of the sea, Ion invited her to go fishing for the most tasty fish in the Black Sea: the Sea Devil (Lophius piscatorius). The cold autumn rain kept the two lovebirs inside, in a fisherman’s house in Costinesti. On the third day, when they went to the seaside, «She» was waiting them there. It was the 15th of October, 1968. Gino was born 9 months later.
A musician, as per his mother’s wish, and an illustrator, as per his father’s. Eventually, Zaru discovered his own real passion – the theatre. During college, he made the film “Who are you, Snail?”, which was banned from being projected at Casa Scanteii by a syndicate boss (comrade R.) because it was considered of « transcedental meditation ». It was back in 1982, when this movement raised a nationwide uproar.
His mother was a projectionist in a mountain village. When she married Gicu – a truck driver – he threw away her entire picture collection of famous actors, claiming she was now a married woman and should dedicate her time to more serious business. One night, when she was going home from a movie projection, she ran into some guy she knew, who apparently got her pregnant. When Gicu found out, he banished her. When the mother arrived in Bucharest, she gave birth to a baby boy whom she named Oscar.
Excerpt from Miruna’s Diary (01.04.1986)
“Yesterday was my happy day – I got into Drama School! I am now one of the six «chosen» ones. Dad came back from Vienna today. He brought me an exposure meter for Gino. It says “Gossen Lunasix” on it – I like how the latter name sounds. But I will give it to him on Sunday, on his birthday!
Mom started crying again. She feels sorry I gave up the Music Academy, but Dad tried to solace her by giving himself as an example, again: how he had tried his whole life to take up music, but he never got the feel of it. «A brilliant wash-up». In the evening, I telephoned Gino. He was still at his mother’s, in Constanta. I told him about Dad’s concert in Paris next month and that he will take me along with him. If our passports are ready on time.
«Can you imagine what Paris means for a woman?» Gino: «And for you? What does it mean?» Me: «But I am no woman.» Him: «Than what are you? … A plant?» Me: «Yes! I am a white cherry flower! No! I am a blue flower! Like the sea… like the sky.» Him: «Forget-me-not?» Me: «Yes, Forget-me-not.» Him: «Don’t tell me you chose one of Eminescu’s poems at the exam.»”
Firu’s Dream As Told to Dr. Buruiana
It was a hot summer afternoon and there was no one left in the building. In the backyard, tucked away from the street noise, the dog was playing with the water stream dripping from the well. Mihai, its owner, was sleeping belly-up in the shade of the cherry tree… An empty water bottle was laying at his feet. All of a sudden, Mihai started to wheeze more and more, feeling sick. The dog got agitated and started barking. At that point, one of Mihai’s friends – some hobo known as «The Shaved-Headed Man» – appeared out of nowhere. Hearing Mihai hovering, he tried to go inside the backyard, but the gate was locked. He rang all the door bells, no answer. He started crying out for help, still no answer. Not realizing the danger, Firu refused to open the gate for The Shaved-Headed Man and kept hiding in the dark, behind the window blinds. Mihai eventually died, while The Shaved-Headed Man helplessly watched. Although he tried countless times to enter the backyard, he failed saving his friend.
As soon as he understood his cowardice, Firu couldn’t bring himself to leave the apartment. Nevertheless, The Shave-Headed Man caught a glimpse of Firu hiding behind the blinds. He started yelling at him, but in vain. Firu was dying with shame. When the others arrived: Corina – Firu’s friend, Mr. Calomfirescu – his neighbor, and the rescue team, The Shaved-Headed Man tried to convince them that Firu was inside the apartment, but they didn’t believe him. Reaching a catatonic state, Firu eventually asked his mother for help, who managed to get him out of the apartment, with the help of the police. The Shaved-Headed Man was taken into custody for his misfit behavior and for «disturbing the peace».