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World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography

For two decades, the Enache family—nine kids and their parents—lived in a shack in the wilderness of Bucharest Delta: an abandoned water reservoir, one of the biggest urban natural reservations in the world, with lakes and hundreds of species of animals and rare plants. When the authorities decide to claim back this rare urban ecosystem, the Enache family is evicted and told to resettle in the city—a reality they know nothing about. Kids that used to spend their days in nature have to learn about city life, go to school instead of swimming in the lake, and swap their fishing rods for mobile phones. Their identity has been questioned and transformed, along with their sense of freedom and family ties.

Radu Ciorniciuc’s heartbreaking debut is a thoughtful study of gentrification, seen through the eyes of a family trying to adapt to the new life they never asked for. Is it better to go back to their “paradise lost,” with its life free yet harsh, or to become part of the society that offers comforts but comes with pressures and conflict?

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY World Cinema Documentary Competition

COUNTRY Romania/Germany/Finland

RUN TIME 86 min


SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Autlook Films

WEBSITE http://www.autlookfilms.com/

EMAIL salma@autlookfilms.com

PHONE +436769003771


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Artist Bio

Radu Ciorniciuc

Radu Ciorniciuc co-founded the first independent media organization in Romania, Casa Jurnalistului. He works as a long-form writer and undercover investigative reporter, focusing on human rights, animal welfare, and environmental issues across the globe. His work has been published on Channel 4 News, the Guardian, and Al Jazeera and has received numerous international awards, including from Amnesty International, the Royal Television Society, and the Wincott Foundation.