Original title: Meda sau partea nu prea fericită a lucrurilor
Directed by Emanuel Pârvu
2017. 82m. Romania. Romanian with English subtitles. NR.
North American Premiere
Q&A with director Emanuel Pârvu and producer Miruna Berescu
Doru is a lumberjack whose wife has recently died. The loss of his wife is compounded by the risk of losing his foster child, Meda, a teenager foster parented by his wife for eight years. Doru wants to become Meda’s foster parent, but the paperwork is prohibitively expensive for someone for whom cutting wood and raising cows are the only legal means of making a living. The film captures the harsh reality of poverty in a rural community where parents and children are caught in a traumatic cycle of hardship and aggression. Actor-turned-director Pârvu (Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation) depicts with gripping authenticity a rural backwater where stifling bureaucracy meets petty corruption, while lead actor Șerban Pavlu infuses his award-winning performance with a quiet desperation that perfectly fits this austere yet engaging drama. Best Director and Best Actor awards at the 2017 Sarajevo Film Festival.
Screenplay: Emanuel Pârvu
Cinematography: Silviu Stavilă
Cast: Şerban Pavlu, Adrian Titieni, Costel Caşcaval, Florin Zamfirescu
Production: FAMart Productions, DaKINO Productions, Ceramus Film
Festivals: Sarajevo Film Festival – Best Director and Best Actor