La Civil
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    La Civil

    Directed by

    Belgium, Romania, Mexico

    2021

    138 min

    • Spanish

    Thriller

    LA CIVIL tells the story of Cielo, a mother in search of her daughter, abducted by a criminal cartel in Northern Mexico. As the authorities fail to offer support in the search, Cielo takes matters into her own hands. She begins her investigation and earns the trust and sympathy of Lamarque, an unconventional army Lieutenant working in the region. He agrees to help Cielo in her search, because her research data could be useful to his operations as well. Cielo’s collaboration with Lamarque will pull her further into a vicious cycle of violence. The story was inspired by true events.

    Awards

    • Courage Prize - Cannes FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Teodora Ana Mihai
    Cinematography
    Habacuc Antonio De Rosario
    Sales
    UDI - URBAN DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    MENUETTO FILM

    Press

    Extremely well written (with its increasingly relentless levels of discovery, with suspicions and revelations as so many bad surprises), La Civil takes all the time it rightly needs.

    Cineuropa

    Extraordinary Arcelia Ramirez. Extremely well written.

    Cineuropa

    A commanding, award-worthy central performance from Arcelia Ramirez is the ace in the hole of an involving tale that should win the support of global distributors.

    Screen

    A gripping thriller that balances tension with a nuanced portrait of the culture of violence that has come to define modern Mexico.

    Screen

    Teodora Ana Mihai

    Teodora Ana Mihai

    Romania

    Teodora Ana Mihai was born in Bucharest, Romania, under Ceausescu’s regime. In 1989 she came to Belgium and was reunited with her parents, who had fled the year before. In junior high, the opportunity arose to study in California and Teodora completed the last two years of high school at the French American International High School in San Francisco. Soon, inspired by her father’s previous passion for photography and the artistic environment of San Francisco she found that she wanted to explore reality through image and sound. She went on to study film at Sarah Lawrence College in upstate New York. Upon returning to Belgium, she first started working in the industry as a script supervisor and assistant director, followed by a stint in the TV industry. Soon, she started working on her own projects.
    Her films take on the challenge of striking a balance between social relevance and audio-visual poetry. After directing the award-winning documentary WAITING FOR AUGUST, which was nominated for the European Film Awards in 2014, Teodora became a member of the European Film Academy. She continues her film work with enthusiasm, currently developing with her Belgian based company One for the Road bvba, two features set in Mexico, in collaboration with Mexican writer Habacuc Antonio De Rosario: LA CIVIL and LOS OLVIDABLES.
    Her film THE PACKAGE, co-directed by Dušan Kasalica, was selected at the 51st Directors’ Fortnight. Her latest work is the movie LA CIVIL (2021) which was selected at the Sarajevo FF 2021.

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