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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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In the Frame

director: Ion Gnatiuc, Artiom Zavadovsky
original title: In the Frame
country: Moldova, Romania, Germany, France
year: 2018
running time: 17 min.

synopsis

During the day, Oxana paints frames as a man; at night, she puts on her female skin. Oxana is a transsexual living in Moldova, where even expressions of tolerance towards sexual minorities can be dangerous. This short film is an intimate look at gender and at the social isolation of people denied to right to their own identity.

biography

Moldavian filmmakers Ion Gnatiuc (1990) and Artiom  Zavadovsky (1987) presented their debut film at this year’s goEast showcase OPPOSE OTHERING! Section focused on films exploring queer issues, and also at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

more about film

director: Ion Gnatiuc, Artiom Zavadovsky
producer: Raisa Răzmeriță
script: Artiom Zavadovsky, Ion Gnatiuc, Raisa Răzmeriță
photography: Ion Gnatiuc
editing: Ion Gnatiuc
sound: Roman Bordei

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Horse Riders

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section: Short Joy
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Calling Ukraine

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Oh Brother Octopus

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Coal & Cossacks

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I Was Here

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