Anishoara

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Germany | 2016 | 106 minutes | Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu

Anişoara

In a tiny, picturesque Moldovan village where traditions remain unchanged throughout time, a spunky, self-possessed girl experiences first love and her first pangs to see the world, in a personal journey that is also a graceful homage to a vanishing way of life.

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Divided into chapters by the four seasons, director Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu's second feature Anishoara takes place in a small village in the Eastern European country of Moldova. The rural Moldovan countryside consists of sprawling hillsides and valleys, and is deeply rooted in its simplicity and traditions. Anishoara, a young girl who lives with her elderly grandfather and younger brother, spends her days completing chores around the house and occasionally traveling to town to participate in different festivals and social gatherings. A beautiful, strong young woman, Anishoara attracts several suitors, including an older foreigner who foolishly dyes his gray hair brown in a desperate attempt to appeal to her, a cocky childhood friend who gives her rides on his tractor, and a handsome boy named Dragosh who takes her to the sea for the first time. Mirroring a folk tale told at the beginning of this film, in which a girl rejects her suitors in favor of the unattainable king of the sun, Anishoara comes to terms with both sides of heartbreak. This quiet, gentle tale chronicles the difficult moments between childhood and adulthood in what feels like, at times, an isolated world.

Director Biography

Director Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu gained recognition for her 2012 film Panihida. Before that, she worked on short films and television shorts. Her 2016 film Anishoara also serves as her graduation film from the Berlin film school DFFB.

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  • Director: Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
  • Principal Cast: Ana Morari, Andrei Morari, Dragoş Scutelnicu, Petru Roşcovan, Veronica Cangea, Vasile Brînză, Willem Menne, Andrei Sochircă
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Germany, Moldova
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 106 minutes
  • Producer: Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
  • Screenplay: Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
  • Cinematographers: Cornelius Plache, Luciano Cervio, Maximilian Preiss
  • Editors: Hannah Schwegel
  • Music: Stephan Franz, Stephan Bruns, Manja Ebert
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Cleveland International Film Festival 2017 (Grand Jury Prize, George Gund Competition)
  • Filmography: Panihida (2012)
  • Language: Romanian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Pluto Film Distribution