ACASĂ, MY HOME
Romania – 2019
Directed by: Radu Ciorniciuc
Script: Lina Vdovîi
DOP: Mircea Topoleanu, Radu Ciorniciuc
Cast: Vali Enache, Gică Enache, Niculina Nedelcu, Rică Enache, Marcel Enache, Gigel Enache, Nicușor Enache, Luci Enache, Zâna Enache, Duca Enache, Corina Enache, Georgiana Enache
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. 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 must 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?
Special Jury Prize for Cinematography at Sundance Film Festival, World Cinema Documentary Competition 2020
Grand Prize, DOK.fest Munchen (VIKTOR Main Competition DOK.international) 2020