Meda or the Not so Bright Side of Things

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    Meda or the Not so Bright Side of Things

    Meda sau partea nu prea fericită a lucrurilor

    Directed by

    Romania

    2017

    82 min

    • Romanian

    Drama

    Doru is a lumberjack whose wife has recently died. As if his loss was not bad enough, he now faces another problem: he must send little Meda, a girl for whom his wife had been a maternal assistant for eight years, to the orphanage. There is a possibility that Doru can adopt Meda, but the paperwork is expensive, and he lives in a region where cutting wood and rearing cows are the only legal means of earning money. After trying everything in order to keep Meda, Doru realises he may have to step onto the wrong side of the law in order to succeed.

    Awards

    • Best Director, Best Actor - Sarajevo FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Şerban Pavlu
    Adrian Titieni
    Florin Zamfirescu
    Costel Caşcaval
    Ion Sapdaru
    Screenplay
    Emanuel Pârvu
    Cinematography
    Silviu Stavilă
    Editing
    Ștefan Pârlog
    Music
    Mihai Pocorschi
    Production
    FAMART PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    A gloomy story directed with complete control.

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    Emanuel  Pârvu

    Emanuel Pârvu

    Romania

    Emanuel Pârvu (1979, Romania) was educated as an actor at the National University for Theatre and Film in Bucharest. Besides portraying roles in films by well-known Romanian filmmakers such as Cristian Mungiu, Pârvu is also a director for theatre and film and holds a doctorate in Dramaturgy. He won several prizes for his plays, and also received an award for his short film CHICKEN, FRIES AND COKE (2012) at the Anonimul IFF in Romania. For his first feature-length film THE NOT SO BRIGHT SIDE OF THINGS (2017) he received the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Director and Best Actor.

    Selected Filmography