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„Acasa” – the first Romanian documentary film in Sundance international competition, the largest independent film festival in the United States of America

„Acasa”/„Acasa, My Home”, the debut film of director Radu Ciorniciuc, will have the world premiere in the documentary film competition at the largest independent film festival in the United States of America – Sundance Film Festival, which takes places from January 23 to February 2, 2020.

The Romanian feature film is one of the 12 submissions selected for the international documentary film competition of the festival out of 14,000 films from all over the world, informs a press release issued by the filmmakers.

„Acasa” is the story of a family who lived for over 20 years in the wilderness of Delta Vacaresti until the place acquired the status of protected area – Natural Vacaresti Park – the first natural urban park in Romania.

For four years, director Radu Ciorniciuc followed the Enache family through their great adventure: from a life in complete harmony with nature to the life full of challenges in the great urban jungle of the capital.At the same time, the film team also developed a social project to which many specialists and humanitarian organizations contributed. The 11 family members lived isolated from society: without documents, without education or access to health care. Now, all nine children of the Enache family have documents, go to school, are regularly seen by doctors, and the adults have permanent jobs.

„A large part of the resources for funding the social project came from creating a book for which the film team worked side by side with the Enache children. The book Acasa, an album of photographs taken exclusively by the children in the Vacaresti Delta, in the first year of transition to the life in the city, was edited together with the publication Decat o Revista”, mentions Radu Ciorniciuc, the director of the film.

Acasa” is a film that reflects not only the life of a family, but also a condensed evolution of humanity – from the bosom of nature in the middle of civilization, from wilderness to an evolved society, with its rules, clichés, pressure and expectations. Acasa shows us how we look at each other, through the filters and values set by the way how we have developed in society or outside of it. Because “Home” is not a rule, but it has different meanings for each of us”, adds Monica Lazurean-Gorgan, the film producer.

The documentary directed by Radu Ciorniciuc is produced by Monica Lazurean-Gorgan, through the production house, Manifest Film, in co-production with HBO Europe, Corso Film (Germany), Kino Company (Finland), with the support of the National Centre of Cinematography, main partner UiPath Foundation, with the support of the National Television, Creative Europe, Cinelabs (Romania), Beep Studio (Czech Republic) and represented internationally by the distributor, Autlook Filmsales.

Radu Ciorniciuc is a special reporter and film director. He is one of the co-founders of  Casa Jurnalistului, produced feature stories for The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, Channel 4 News, ZDF and received national and international awards at the Superscrieri Awards (Superscrierea anului 2014), Royal Television Society UK (2014), Amnesty International UK (2014) and Harold Wincott Award for Business Economic and Financial Journalism (2016).


Photo: Mircea Topoleanu






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