Section: Spectrum



Sabin Dorohoi
RO/DE, 2023, 85 Min

A young Romanian woman leaves her homeland and her child to earn money in Germany – by looking after the daughter of a German family. An exemplary Eastern European biography: Clara becomes the mother of two children, one in this foreign country, one, painfully neglected, at home. A film about the losses that migrant workers and their families suffer, but also their wishes and longings.

#feature #drama #family 

Clara left her Romanian hometown, a fishing village by the Danube, to help a German family a few hundred kilometers further west and look after their little daughter. She leaves her 12-year-old son behind. Clara needs the money, but the work comes with a high price: estrangement from her own son and the loss of a close bond with him while caring for someone else's child. The Danube alone, which connects Clara's home village with her workplace, makes it painfully clear that both places are connected. The river that connects everything plays a fateful role over the course of the film in this German/Romanian co-production. CLARA addresses the fate of over 500,000 Romanians who work outside Romania and are often forced to leave their children behind.

Ruxandra Ghiţescu
Lulu de Hillerin
Alin Zăbrăuțeanu
Mircea Lăcătuș
Anca Miron, Sonia Constantinescu
Eduard Dąbrowski
Olga Török, Ovidiu Crișan, Luca Puia, Elina Leitl
Sabin Dorohoi, Dan Burlac
WTS - Western Transylvania Studios
Daniel Ehrenberg - Eyrie Entertainment
Sabin Dorohoi

Sabin Dorohoi - Sabin Dorohoi graduated the Film Academy from Bucharest as film director. In 2013 he founded WTS - Western Transylvania Studios, a production company in the western part of Romania, to provide full production services for international projects from Western Europe or US. He produced short films and TV documentaries, some of them selected and awarded in film festivals around the world. His most internationally acclaimed creation was the short film “Way of the Danube” (2013), which won the grand prize at Oscar qualifying Chicago International Children’s Film Festival - USA, was the only Romanian film ever to be screened partially during Eurovision Song Contest Viena 2015, won a Cinematography award at Capalbio - Italy, the Young Public Award at CINEMED – Montpellier - France and was selected in many festivals around the world such as Palm Springs ShortFest, Nordkapp, Vilnius or California Independent Film Festival.  “Clara” (shot in 2022) will be his first feature film.

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