In a small village in Moldova, an old woman dies, leaving her son Petru and her granddaughter Anişoara behind. According to their tradition, the whole village mourns and bids farewell. Everybody comes together at the house of the dead at night for the death watch, while a storm blows fiercely outside. The women sing and pray at the open coffin. Petru and the men drink and philosophize about the life. They are observed by curious Anisoara until she falls asleep, the storm calms down and the morning sun rises.
On the coming day, everybody starts the way to the cemetery. The old men carry the heavy coffin over stony paths up to the sacred hill. The sun is high and the way seems endless. But against the thirst there is wine and against the grief there is singing and together even the most difficult path can be overcome. In this landscape of paradisiacal beauty, joy mixes with sorrow on the final journey and in the end, life stands above death.
Robert Bosch Coproduction Prize, Silver Stock Award, | Wendland Shorts FF, , 2012
Cinema XXI | Rome IFF, Italy, 2012
CAST & CREW
Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann
Director of Photography
Tito Molina, Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
Anişoara Morari, Petru Roşcovan, Nina Rabuş, Valentin Aga, Valeriu Ţurcanu
Born 1978, Chisinau, Moldova. After working for four years in theatre in Benin, West Africa, she moved to Germany and studied film direction at the DFFB (German Film and Television Academy Berlin). Her short films Între ziduri (Between Walls) and Hinterhof (Backyard) were invited to numerous international film festivals and won several prizes.
Between Walls (2007, short), The Player (2008, short), Backyard (2010, short), Panihida (2012, short).