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Radu Ciorniciuc • Romania • 2020 • 85′
For two decades, the Enache family – nine kids and their parents – lived in a shack in the wilderness of Bucharest Delta: an abandoned water reservoir, one of the biggest urban natural reservations in the world. When the authorities decide to claim back this rare urban ecosystem, the Enache family is evicted and forced to resettle in the city – a reality they know nothing about. What will their future bring?
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Claudiu Mitcu • Romania • 2020 • 50′
An anthropological study on a small community in Sfântu Gheorghe, where choir singing is a tradition. We follow the women’s choir and we see how music becomes a red thread in the life of the community, present in times of happiness or sadness, from weddings and births to times of war.
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Andra Tarara, David Schwartz, Roland Ibold • Romania • 2020 • 80′
On August 23rd, 1944, the fascist regime was taken down and Romania changed sides in World War II. 75 years later, inside a Jewish Retirement Home, four of the last survivors of racial persecutions reflect upon the personal and political significance of the event. The different attitudes of the protagonists, their passionate debates and irresolvable conflicts reflect the diversity of the Jewish survivors’ experiences, the cleavages in the community and the Romanian society as a whole, as well as the importance and controversy of the events in 1944.Watch Online
Diana Nicolae, Noriflorentina Vito • Romania • 2019 • 80′
After the collapse of the Communist regime in 1989, the world discovered more than 100,000 children living in Romanian orphanages. Many were not orphans, but the result of the country’s ban on abortion and contraceptives. These children often became victims of child trafficking or were neglected and abused in orphanages. Come Find Me tells the story of one of those children, Nori, as she travels from her adopted American home to find the family she lost almost 30 years prior.ROMANIAN PREMIEREWatch Online
Gorgos Violeta • Moldavia • 2020 • 70′
Without him, Romanian poetry would be like a piano missing some keys, this is how Eugen Cioclea was introduced at some point. The son of country teachers, he managed, in fortunate circumstances, to study mathematics at the prestigious Mikhail Lomonosov University in Moscow. Marrying the daughter of a senior secretary of the Communist Party will open many doors for him, but after the collapse of the Soviet Union he decides to return to Kishinev, where he becomes the most colorful name of the local community of writers. Here is his story.Watch Online
Adrian Pirvu, Helena Maksyom • Romania, Ukraine • 2020 • 97′
*Unavailable on AFF Online* After ending a long-term relationship, a half-blind filmmaker born in 1986 and whose mother blames his illness on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, leaves behind his life in Romania and travels to find other people who might have been affected by it. He falls in love with a young Ukrainian woman and his life takes an unforeseen turn.
Sun Hee Engelstoft • Denmark • 2019 • 86′
What makes a mother give away her baby? This is the big question in Sun Hee Engelstoft’s heartbreaking film about three Korean women who have become pregnant outside of marriage and are now hiding from the outside world until they give birth. They live in a shelter for unwed mothers on a South Korean island, where beautiful landscapes are in sharp contrast to the fierce dilemma that women go through: should they keep their children or give them up for adoption?
Jón Bjarki Magnússon • Iceland • 2020 • 62′
A lighthouse keeper prepares his earthly funeral while trying to reconnect with the elf within. Hulda and Trausti have shared a roof on Icelandic shores for over seventy years. Now, as his one hundredth birthday nears and Trausti senses the hand of death upon him he is on a quest to find the coffin that can carry this elf back to the mysteries beyond…. Meanwhile, Hulda retreats into a world of poetry with the help of an electric magnifying glass. Half Elf is a modern Icelandic fairy-tale, where life is celebrated – despite everything, despite ourselves and despite the reality that awaits us all in the end.ROMANIAN PREMIEREWatch Online
Andrei Dăscălescu • Romania • 2020 • 85′
The filmmaker, Andrei, and his girlfriend, Paula, face the news of becoming parents. While the future mother is struggling with no worthy role models in her broken family, the soon-to-be father must come to terms with his own, long-lost father, now a monk on Mount Athos. Andrei’s visits to the monastery seek to solve the mystery of his father’s leaving the family when Andrei was only six. Could this be the key to learning how to become the father he never had?ROMANIAN PREMIEREQ&A Live with the film crew!Sunday, 25th of octomber, 19:30, you can participate in an online discussion with the director Andrei Dascalescu and protagonist Paula Niculescu.Link Zoom: https://bit.ly/3kdq34JLink Google Meet: https://bit.ly/3m6EnMNThe discussion will be live on the film’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HolyFatherFilm/Watch Online
Tudor Platon • Romania • 2020 • 80′
*unavailable on AFF Online* An exploration of a special universe: the annual vacation of a bunch of 70-year-old ladies. Far from men and the madness of daily life, Cica, Nana and their friends isolate themselves voluntarily in a villa in the countryside. Together they blend joie de vivre and memories, melancholia and joyfulness, gossip and jokes. All that to keep up the illusion that time has not passed, that they are still the same beautiful and attractive girls they were 50 years ago.
Susanne Kovács • Denmark • 2019 • 60′
Susanne Kovács is the grandchild of Jewish Holocaust survivors. Susanne’s German mother and her Danish Jewish father got married believing that the war was a closed chapter and that their different backgrounds would not affect their future together. But they were wrong. When Susanne is born, in the eyes of her Jewish grandparents she is a child of the enemy – a constant reminder of a painful past never reconciled within the family. Now, Susanne wants to break the silence. Is she at all allowed to dig into a family history that holds so many ghosts from the past? And maybe there is more than one truth?ROMANIAN PREMIEREWatch Online
Ellen Fiske, Joanna Karlberg • Sweden • 2019 • 77′
Romanian beggar Florin and Swedish single mother Josefin fall in love after meeting outside the local grocery store. After eight months together, they marry and start a new life together in a small Swedish town. Florin studies Swedish and looks for work, but as the pressure from his family to send home money mounts, the dream of a better life is put to the test.
Pavel Cuzuioc • Austria • 2020 • 86′
An audiovisual allegory on communication, this film follows cable technicians in different countries, as they visit their customers. Each client they call on provides a glimpse into their own individual universe. With so many tools for communication, we still inhabit a modern-day Tower of Babel, an ordered discordance of personalities and perspectives.Watch Online
Bára Jíchová Tyson • USA, Czech Rep • 2019 • 72′
An eye-opening documentary about the challenges of monogamy and what it takes to create a trusting relationship. Hidden subjects reveal their most intimate stories of sex, love, lies, marriage, and adultery sharing frank truths about trust and human desire. The filmmaker’s quest to explore our shared human desire to build relationships, feel wanted, and be sexually satisfied frames her own self-discovery. Looking deeper and confronting her past leads her to her own partner and lover.ROMANIAN PREMIEREWatch Online
Eva Pervolovici • France, Romania • 2020 • 92′
1984. Ceauşescu ordered the demolition of an architectural monument of the 18th century, the imposing Văcăreşti monastery in Bucharest, transformed into a political prison in 1846. He wanted to build an artificial lake in its place. After having built five kilometers of walls, he did not have time to see the completion of his project. History caught up with him as he was executed in 1989. The abandoned land of what had been Văcăreşti has slowly transformed into the world’s biggest urban Delta… Here is the story of this extraordinary place.Watch Online
Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan, Michaela Kirst, Ebba Sinzinger • Romania • 2020 • 95′
*unavailable on AFF Online* Illegal logging is a global business worth billions. Alexander von Bismarck, descendant of the Iron Chancellor and head of the Environmental Investigation Agency in Washington D.C., successfully pursues the machinations of the timber commerce worldwide. His primary concern isn’t to expose a scandalous situation, but rather to promote a change in the consciousness of politics and civil society and to bring about a new code of conduct for the global economy and consumers.