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photo courtesy of Weydemann Bros.

In a small village in the Republic of Moldavia, an old woman dies, leaving her son Petru and her granddaughter Anisoara behind. According to their tradition, the whole village mourns and bids farewell. After the death watch during a stormy night they make their way to the cemetery. The old men carry the heavy coffin over stony paths up to the sacred hill. The sun is high and the way
seems endless, but against the thirst there is wine and against the grief there is singing. So in this landscape of paradisal beauty, joy mixes with sorrow and in the end, life stands above death.

Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu was born in 1978 in Chisinau/Moldova. After four years of theater work in Western Africa, she moved to Berlin in 2002 to work as an assistant director and studied Direction at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. Her films include: the shorts DIE VERSUCHUNG (2004), ERSTES, LETZTES MAL (2005), INTRE ZIDURI (2007), DIE SPIELERIN (2008), HINTERHOF (2010), the mid-length feature PANIHIDA (2012) which premiered in Rome and won the CinemaXXI competition, and her graduation film ANISHOARA (2016).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
Screenplay Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
Cinematography Tito Molina
Cast Ana Morari, Petru Roşcovan, Nina Rabus, Valentin Aga, Valeriu Turcano
Producers Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann, Weydemann Bros., in co-production with Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Rome 2012, Sarajevo 2013
Awards Robert Bosch Co-Production Prize