Cineast 2020: Acasa, My Home
Original title: Acasa, My Home, Romania, Finland, Germany 2020, dokumentary 86 min. VO, EN subtitles
Directed by Radu Ciorniciuc, written by Radu Ciorniciuc, Lina Vdovîi, with Vali Enache, Gică Enache, Niculina Nedelcu, Rică Enache, Marcel Enache, Gigel Enache, Nicușor Enache, Luci Enache, Zâna Enache, Duca Enache, Corina Enache, Georgiana Enache
A huge marsh in the Romanian capital, home to a Roma family of 11, is about to become an urban reserve. What to do?
The Văcăresti delta, a huge marsh in the Romanian capital and home to a Roma family of 11, is about to become an urban reserve.
Eerie landscapes bordering a grim cityscape create the backdrop for a family story packed with issues of ecology, politics, understaffed social services, extreme poverty, exclusion, and a quest for freedom. In the director’s words, “the story is actually about their attempt, but also about ours, to build a place inside us and also in the world that we can call Home”.
The authenticity of the characters, splendidly outlined despite this being a documentary, the breathtaking images against the gaps in status and bureaucratic constraints make this reflection on gentrification and family bonds particularly worthwhile.
The film has received numerous awards at many prestigious festivals (Sundance, Thessaloniki, Munich, Krakow, Sarajevo) and continues to travel the world.
2020, Sundance IFF, World Cinema Documentary, Special Jury Award for Cinematography, United States; 2020, Krakow IFF, International Documentary Competition, Golden Horn - Best Documentary Film, Poland; 2020, DOK.fest München 2020, Main Competition, Winner, Germany; 2020, COH:DOX, Official Selection, Denmark; 2020, Thessaolinici Documentary Festival, Special Jury Prize, Greece