Move East Movie – What a Wonderful World


Please note! In case of adverse weather conditions, all evening screenings will be moved inside the building of the former Andersen Theatre

What a Wonderful World / Ce lume minunata - dir. Anatol Durbala, Moldova, 2014, 73 mins.

After two years spent as a student in Boston, a 22-year-old visits his native Moldova. It is April 2009. People gather in the streets of Chisinau, the call having spread through social networking sites. They are demonstrating against the communist authorities who falsified the election results. They seize and plunder the parliament and presidential buildings. The demonstrators carry away documents, furniture and office equipment. At the same time, our protagonist is coming from a friend’s home carrying his own computer monitor. He is mistaken for a protester, brutally beaten up by the police and taken to the police station. His interrogator is an experienced major and it soon turns out that authorities are free to do anything they please. Based on real events, the film asks questions about freedom, justice and the value of human life.

 7 July 2017, 22:00 | the Dominican Monastery – Courtyard


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.