For the past years, there has been a tendency among documentary filmmakers to expand their area of interest and to use a growing variety of approaches in translating their stories into film language. There have been 11 films selected for the Romanian competition, and the stories were ranging from experiences of Romanian workers abroad, fighting corruption, the new rules of the digital world, coping with age, tradition vs. modernity, fascinating natural phenomena and their impact on the lives of humans, and recent history lived by common people. The section has been screened during the first part of the festival which happened in an open air environment, and the winners of the competition have been decided then. They are: Josefin& Florin by Ellen Fiske and Joanna Karlberg, Sweden (Best Documentary in the Romanian Competition) și Please Hold The Line by Pavel Cuzuioc, Austria (Special Jury Mention).
We are pleased to announce that 7 films from this section are also available online.
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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.
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.
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
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.