Move East Movie – Anishoara
Anishoara - dir. Ana Felicia Scutelnicu, Germany / Moldova, 2016, 106 mins
Anishoara is 15 years old and lives in a small, picturesque Moldovan village. She leads a quiet, slightly lonely life that she shared with her grandfather Petru and younger brother Andrei. In summer, she picks up melons together with her friends. This is when she meets Dragosh and experiences an overwhelming feeling of infatuation. In autumn, a German tourist travelling around Moldova enters her life. In winter, Anishoara travels to the sea for the first time in her life. She is accompanied by Dragosh she fell in love with. In spring, she longs for her beloved who will soon return to her with a surprise. The film shows the final moments of Anishoara’s childhood in a beautiful valley where she was born and raised. She is about to begin her adult life.
When: 6 July 2017
Where: The Dominican Monastery – Courtyard
MOLDOVAN FEATURE FILMS
Moldovan cinematography, deprived of government funding, is completely isolated nowadays. In 2010, Moldavian Ministry of Culture initiated a project aiming at establishing a film centre to manage the entire movie sector and adapt its structure to international models. The project also helps independent films studios obtain financial support from the state. Despite many changes that happened over the last 20 years, Moldavian filmmakers do not travel and do not have contact with filmmakers from other countries and the activities of those who could change things are considered too radical and that is why the government prefers to keep postponing any reforms. In free Moldova, cinema has not yet become a particularly significant area of artistic creativity, which explains why independent productions in Moldova are only a few and far between. This country also has the second lowest rate of cinema attendance.
As part of Move East Movie cycle, we are presenting a selection of the most interesting films that have been produced in Moldova in recent years, in spite of all the difficulties. Due to the precarious financial situation, these are often international co-productions.