Silent river

Director: Anca Miruna Lăzărescu

Englisht title: Silent river
Original title: Apele Tac

2011/ Germany& Romania/ 16mm/ 30’/ Fiction/ Colour

Script:  Anca Miruna Lăzărescu;  Photography:  Christian Stangassinger;Editing:  Dan Olteanu;  Sound:   Thorsten Bolze, Alexandru Dragomir; Leading actors:   Andi Vasluianu, Cuzin Toma, Patricia Moga; Producer:  David Lindner

Romania, 1986: Gregor and Vali want to get away. Both need each other, yet there is mutual distrust. One night Gregor finds his doubts confirmed. In the end only hope is left.


Born in Romania, Anca M. Lazarescu emigrated with her family to Germany in 1990. In 2000 she began her studies at the “German Academy for Film and Television” in Munich. She directed several documentary and short films which attracted international interest. “The Secret of Deva“ was sold to over 10 territories and received the award for Best Emerging German Film, 2007. “One Day Today Will Be Once” won at the Syracuse Film Festival, was nominated for the Best German Short Film at the Oberhausen International Film Festival in 2010 and was invited to different international festivals, including Rotterdam, Nyon and Sapporo. Anca attended numerous scriptwriting workshops held by Mark Travis, Keith Cunningham and Hans-Christian Schmid. She worked on the comedy T.V. series, “Scrubs” in Los Angeles and attended summer classes at UCLA. Her affection for subjects such as the East-West conflict, and themes such as immigration and the outsider in a community are influenced by her own background, having been born and raised in a country with plenty of identity issues, if not an inferiority complex.


Romanian Film Award, WON Best Short Film, WON Best Upcoming Director; FEC Cambriles-Reus, European Short Film Festival (Spain): 1st prize Best European Short Film;  Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche (Germany): FFF Award; NexT Filmfestival Bucuresti (Romania): Audience and Jury Award for the Best Romanian Short Film; Timishort Film Festival (Romania): Audience Award and Special Mention of the jury; Sehsüchte Studentenfilmfestival Potsdam (Germany) Best Film Award; Short Film Festival Brussels (Belgium): Grand Prix du Festival; Curtocircuito - Santiago de Compostela International Short Film Festival 2011 (Spain): Onda Curta Award; Ploiesti International Short Film Festival Romania – Best Film Award + Best Male Actor Award; K3 International Short Film Festival Villach Udine (Italy) – Audience Award; Curtas Vila do Conde (Portugal) – Audience Award + Prize RTP2 Onda Curta ; Filmschau der HFF München – Audience Award for best feature ; Fünf Seen Film Festival – Short-Plus-Award; Thai Short Film and Video Festival (Bangkok / Thailand) – Best International Short Film; Vukovar Film Festival (Croatia) – Best Short Film; Open Cinema Film Festival St. Petersburg (Russia) - Best short of parallel competition "Other lands"; BuSho Budapest Short Film Festival (Hungary) – SILVER BUSHO (main prize); FICBueu Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Bueu (Spain) - WON First Award, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Sound; Sintetitza - Pyrenees International Short Film Festival (Spain) – WON Best Short Film + Best Cinematography Award; Tatort Eifel Festival (Germany) – WON Second Prize; La Noche de los Cortos (Lima / Peru) – WON Best Short Film, Best Cinematography, Best Script; SEDICICORTO International Film Festival (Forli / Italy) – WON Best Film MOVIE – International Fiction; Warsaw Film Festival (Poland) – WON Best Live Action Short Film Award; Festival International des Ecoles de Cinéma (Huy / Belgium) - WON Grand Prix International; Festival International du Court Métrage de Lille (France) – WON Grand Prix International; FIKE - International Short Film Festival (Portugal) – WON Best Acting Award; video/film tage (Koblenz / Germany) – WON main prize; Corona Cork Film Festival (Ireland) - WON Audience Award for Best International Short Film; International Student Video & Film Festival Beijing (China) – WON Outstanding International Student Film Award; Cine//B International Film Festival (Santiago / Chile) – WON Best International Short Film; European Film Festival of Essonne (France) - WON Grand Prix du Conseil général de l’Essonne au court métrage;
Filmfest Düsseldorf (Germany) - WON Jury Prize; Interfilm Short Film Festival Berlin (Germany) - WON Best Film Against Violence and Intolerance; Encounters Film Festival Bristol (United Kingdom) - WON Honourable Mention of the jury; International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima (Krakow / Poland) - WON Audience Award + Student’s Jury Award; Grand Off - World Off Film Awards (Warsaw / Poland) – WON Best Fiction Film; Rencontres Henri Langlois - Festival International des Ecoles de Cinéma (France) – WON Best Screenplay Award; Triest Film Festival (Italy) - WON Best Short Film Award;
Angers Film Festival (France) – WON Audience Award;  REGARD - Saguenay International Short Film Festival (Canada) – WON International Grand Prize; International Student Film Festival Belgrade (Serbia) – WON Grand Prix; Ca' Foscari Short Film Festival (Venice / Italy) – WON Premio Volumina – Cinema come arte; Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan (Morocco) – WON Prix du Jury ; European Short Film Festival at MIT (Cambridge / USA) - WON Golden Beaver Award; European Film Festival of LILLE (France) - WON Grand Jury Prize; MEDIAWAVE - International Film and Music Festival (Hungary) – WON Grand Prix; cellu l'art Kurzfilmfestival Jena (Germany) - WON Best Actors Award (Andi & Cuzin) and Best Cinematography Award; Film Festival Voiron (France) – WON Jury Award & Audience Award; Deutscher Kamerapreis 2012 (Köln) – WON Förderpreis Kamera (Christian Stangassinger)


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