The Romanian village of Mâlăncrav. These days, there’s always people leaving for uncertain and temporary work in western Europe, in the hope of making a better life back home. The ebb and flow of departures and homecomings affects every family. Through intimate portraits of people at the heart of the community, the film tells the stories of Natalia, Alina, Andrei, Ioan and Niculae. Strong and determined women; young people still without a care; and the last remaining shepherds clinging onto their land and their flocks.
Charlotte Grégoire, Anne Schiltz • Belgium • 2019 • 93′
„Now they all got used to go to work in Germany, they don’t want to tend to the flocks anymore.” (woman from the Mâlăncrav village)
Charlotte Grégoire, Anne Schiltz
Samuel Tilman, Marie Besson
Yann-Elie Gorans, Bruno Schweisguth
Born in Belgium in January 1975, Charlotte lives and works in Brussels. She studied anthropology and visual anthropology. She has worked as production assistant and is administrator of the Atelier Jeunes Cinéastes. Today her work is mostly focused on documentary filmmaking. Born in Luxembourg in 1975, Anne studied anthropology and cognitive sciences. She was a cultural project coordinator for the Sibiu, European Capital of Culture 2007 programme. After her PhD in anthropology and several years of work in Romania, she started directing.
17.10.2019 – 17:30 Gong
18.10.2019 – 16:00 Astra Film Cinema 2
Dobrivoie Kerpenisan arrived in Romania on the 17th of december 1989 – just a few hours before all borders were closed. He was an art student in Germany and returned to Sanpetru Mare to visit his grandparents. What happened in this small village not far from Timisoara during the week prior to Christmas 1989? From the very first day the young photographer followed the people with his camera. What he captured was heated rebellion and anarchy in his native village, mass protests, looting and severely wounded bodies in Timişoara. Based on the rare and never before published images, his new film traces the protagonists of that time and portraits them 30 years later. During the encounter the people watch for the first time these historical pictures and rediscover a crucial moments of their life. Facing it brings back the fear, courage and dreams they share in this documentary. The author shows a little explored side of the Romanian Revolution through personal stories at the end of the Ceausescu`s ”Golden Age“. A portrait of unknown heroes of a society in turmoil.
Dobrivoie Kerpenisan • • 2019 • 54′
After unsuccessfully trying various ways to leave Romania, five young adherents of the Goma Movement (a protest action started by the writer Paul Goma against the rulers of communist Romania) are accused of social parasitism and condemned to one year of forced labour only because they wanted to flee the communist “paradise”. Their odyssey is told by the sole survivor of the group, Mr. Radu Negrescu-Suţu. Dragoș Zămosteanu • Romania • 2019 • 72′
Andreea Răducan is a successful 32-year-old woman and one of Romania’s greatest gymnasts. She worked all her life to become an Olympic champion, and when she finally won the all-round Olympic gold medal at Sydney in 2000, she was stripped of the title only three days later. Why? She had been found positive for a forbidden substance found in a flu tablet that the team’s doctor had gave her before entering the competition. Fifteen years later, Andreea is fighting the toughest fight against the people who deceived her, as she tries to recover her medal and, along with it, her dignity. Along the way, the film uncovers another side of the medal: the trauma, the effort, and the pain behind the glitter of a gold medal and the glamour of being a champion. Adrian Robe, Denisa Morariu Tamaș • Romania • 2019 • 96′