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SEEfest17 Feature Program: Anishoara
May 3 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
North American Premiere
Director: Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
Producers: Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann
Duration: 106 minutes
Countries: Moldova, Germany
The beauty of the cycle of seasons in the picturesque Moldovian hilly countryside mirrors the overwhelming, intense feelings of Anishoara, an attractive 15-year-old girl, as she experiences first love, longing and innocence lost in this touching and poetic coming-of-age story.
Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu was born in Moldova in the former Soviet Union. After four years residing in West Africa, where she worked at the theatre, she moved to Berlin and studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). She was a jury member at both the Warsaw International Film Festival and the Sofia International Film Festival. Prior to her directing studies, she worked as an assistant director for the German documentary filmmaker, Volker Koepp, as well as the Romanian director, Christian Mungiu. Her short films have received awards at international festivals such as ZINEBI Bilbao, Warsaw, Motovun and others. For Panihida, she won the prestigious Robert Bosch Co-Production Prize. The film celebrated its world premiere at the Rome International Film Festival 2012 and won the CinemaXXI competition. For Anishoara, she won the “When East Meets West” Development Award 2013 in Trieste. The film is her graduation film at the dffb.