24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
The Irreversible Consequences of Slipping on a Banana Peel
A foggy morning in a small Romanian town. Alexandrina returns from Canadian exile from Canada to her withering mother Mary, a former teacher who is being taken over by advancing old-people's dementia. The intimate moments of broken relationships oscillating between acceptance, compassion and helplessness creep into the fate of a nation disrupted by communism, progressing illness, and the increased feeling of loneliness of an aging woman surrounded by her childhood dolls. In a documentary approximation interlaced by internal monologues with her own (imaginary) daughter, we follow the complicated and anxious path to family reconciliation and towards the place of no return.
“I believe in a documentary that endorses questioning, anguish, and uncertainty.“ B. Stoica
biographyBogdan Stoica is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, visual artist and photographer of Romanian origin. He studied film, photography and camera. The author deals with relationships between reality in documentaries and fictional space. He focuses on problems of ethics, diversity and the possibilities of communication through a visual medium. His feature debut, Omni: An Act Against Gravity, premiered in 2018 at the Hot Docs Canada festival competition.
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|cast:||Alexandrina Elena Buiuc, Maria Buiuc, Florin Buiuc, Doina Buiuc|
|script:||Bogdan Stoica, Victor Vasuta|