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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Take them into the light
Take them into the light
Take them into the light
Take them into the light
Take them into the light

Take them into the light

director: Ioana Grigore
original title: Apropieri
country: Romania
year: 2020
running time: 32 min.


The Făgăraș Mountain in the northern part of the Eastern Carpathians in Romania. The camera is concealed at the heart of an avalanche. Sunlight is a symbol of rescue. The daily work of the mountain rescue service oscillates between the omnipresent threat of death, the chilling beauty of the mountains and the endless efforts to save human lives. The solidarity of mountain pilgrims permeated by not only a sense of freedom but also hopelessness during the search for twisted bodies and brain tissue buried under tons of snow. The closeness of death as a fascinating path leading towards God.

You can watch a short introduction from the director Ioanna Grigore HERE.

Q&A with the director Ioanna Grigore and editor Cristian Georgescu :


Ioana Grigore (1994) was already focused on painting and photography when still a secondary school student in Piteşti. She has a master’s degree in Documentary Film Directing and a bachelor’s degree from Film Faculty at the National University of Theatre and Film (UNATC) in Bucharest. She has made two short films: 10:34 to Belgrade and Flux Reflux. Her graduation film Creativ was part of the East Silver Market selection at the 23rd Ji.hlava IDFF. Her first feature film is selected for the Ex Oriente Workshop in 2020.

more about film

director: Ioana Grigore
cast: Ion Sănduloiu, Ionuț Pașcu, Robert Năstase
producer: Ioana Grigore
script: Ioana Grigore
photography: Vlad Lăpădătescu, Ioana Grigore
editing: Cristian Georgescu
music: Matei Vasilache
sound: Matei Vasilache, Iulia Ivan
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
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