Section: Spotlight: Ukraine



Brigitta Kanyaro
RO/AT, 2022, 17 Min

Romanian Marinela relies on the translation skills of her daughter Ilinca for her official visit, but the 8-year-old has other plans. Full of colorful misunderstandings, a child's wishes meet her mother's existential worries.

Marinela is an overburdened single mother in the middle of Austria. The fact that the Romanian hardly speaks a word of German does not facilitate her efforts to obtain accommodation and thus a residence permit in Austria. To make matters worse, she has her 8-year-old daughter Ilinca with her as a translator, but she has wishes of a completely different existential nature. With a lot of humor and yet full of seriousness, the Romanian actress Brigitta Kanyaro tells of the narrow-mindedness of the Austrian bureaucracy and an immigrant's fear of being prejudged.


Weltspiegel Room 2: Original version with English subtitles.
Kammerbühne/Serienlounge: original version with English subtitles.


Text: Joshua Jádi

Brigitta Kanyaro
Carolina Steinbrecher
Victor Miu
Eugen Kelemen
Maria Gruber
Marius Leftarache
Diana Cavaliotti
Lara Kelemen
Gisela Salcher
Karl Fischer
Chris Dohr, Eugen Kelemen
Brigitta Kanyaro

Brigitta Kanyaro - Brigitta Kanyaro is a Romanian actress and filmmaker based in Vienna. After graduating from acting school, she worked in various positions both in front of and behind the camera. 2017 she produced her first short film “Liniste” which premiered at Transylvania IFF. In 2020 she was nominated for the “ROMY” young talent award for her first leading role in the national broadcaster ORF for the series “Last Will”. In 2019, she made her directorial debut with the short film “Annamalai”, which won the Austrian award at Linz ISFF. Kanyaro was selected for the 2021 artist residency “FEMART” in Bucharest with her debut feature film project, where she won the main prize.

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