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Move East Movie – The Unsaved

The Unsaved / La limita de jos a cerului – dir. Igor Cobileanski, Moldova / Romania, 2013, 80 mins

Viorel is 19 years old and lives with his mother in a small town in the forlorn Moldova. He doesn’t harbour grand ambitions nor great expectations. Together will his friend, he makes money by selling drugs. His mother nags him to get a grip and start living while a girl he loves wants to leave town with some shady characters. Viorel decides to take matters into his own hands. He wants to order his life, find a job and protect the girl from making a mistake. But he quickly realises that doing the right thing is debatable. The Unsaved is a bitter-sweet drama about growing up in a place where better tomorrow seems almost like an unattainable dream.

When: 9 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-production.