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SEEfest17 Feature Program: That Trip We Took With Dad
May 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
THAT TRIP WE TOOK WITH DAD
Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Anca Miruna Lăzărescu
Producer: David Lindner Leporda
Duration: 111 minutes
Countries: Romania, Germany, Hungary, Sweden
Q&A with Anca Miruna Lăzărescu after the screening.
With 1968 ‘Prague Spring’ as the backdrop, two German brothers and their father set on a journey from Transylvania, Romania, to German Democratic Republic, to undergo surgery. Caught in the middle of the turbulent events, they accidentally end up in West-Germany, where difficult choices and sacrifices await them.
Born in Timisoara, Romania, Anca Miruna Lăzărescu emigrated with her family to Germany in 1990. She studied at the German Academy for Film and Television in Munich and directed several documentary and short films that have attracted international interest. In June 2016, her first feature film That Trip We Took With Dad had its double world premiere at the International Munich Film Festival and at the Moscow IFF. She won Best Narrative Feature at Cinequest, San José. In Munich, she won the Special Jury Award for Best Music. At the Jameson Cinefest in Miskolc, Hungary, she won the Art Cinema Award of the CICAE Association. Her graduation film, the Filmallee production Silent River (APELE TAC) had its premiere in the international competition of the Berlinale Shorts 2011 and was invited to over 300 international festivals since then, winning more then 80 awards such as: Grand Prix at the film festivals in Brest, Lille, Bruxelles and Québec and the Audience Award at the Corona Cork Film Festival in Ireland. The film was also nominated for Best European Short 2011 by the European Film Academy.
The Romanian Film Academy awarded Lăzărescu as Upcoming Talent and her film as the Best Romanian Short in March 2012. Lăzărescu attended numerous seminars on creative writing and script development hold by Mark Travis, Keith Cunningham and Hans-Christian Schmid.
She also spent time abroad, volunteering in an Israeli Kibbutz and completing a traineeship at CNN and on Disney’s TV comedy series Scrubs in Los Angeles. Her affection for subjects such as the East-West conflict, and themes such as immigration and the outsider in a community, are influenced by her own background having been born and raised in a country with plenty of identity issues, if not an inferiority complex. Anca Miruna Lăzărescu is member of the Romanian and European Film Academy.