2012 | Republic of Moldova & Germany | Full HD | color | 5.1 | 61 min | drama
In a small village in the Republic of Moldavia, an old woman dies, leaving her son Petru and her granddaughter Anisoara behind. According to their tradition, the whole village mourns and bids farewell. After the death watch during a stormy night they make their way to the cemetary.
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. So in this landscape of paradisal beauty, joy mixes with sorrow and in the end, life stands above death.
Director: Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
Co-director: Tito Molina
Production: Weydemann Bros.
Producer: Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann
DoP: Tito Molina
Editing: Tito Molina & Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
Sound: Julian Cropp
Art Direction: Nicolae Sliusari
Sound Design: Julian Cropp & Niklas Kammertöns
Awards & Festivals
- Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca Romania
- SEEfest, Los Angeles California
- Winner of “Best Documentary” at SEEfest in Los Angeles.
- goEast Film Festival, Germany
- NexT Film Festival, Romania
- FebioFest, Czech Republic
- Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria
- Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania
- Cinequest Film Festival 23, USA
- Winner of the “CinemaXXI Award” at the Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma 2012
- World Premiere at Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma 2012.
- Winner of the “Silver Stork” at the Wendland Shorts Festival 2009.
- Winner of the Robert Bosch Coproduction Prize 2010.
- „For „Panihida“ Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu travelled to her native country Moldova…A journey to the roots, a regional film without kistch – and the beginning of a directing career, that will interest us without doubt for a long time.“
– Rüdiger Suchsland in Film Dienst Magazine
- Tagesspiegel Report on Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma 2012 (german)
- Report by Liam Lever on “Panihida” for Romania-Insider.com
- Review of Panihida by Nicola Falcinella (italian)