LOVE IS NOT AN ORANGE
(L’amore non è un’arancia)
Belgio – Paesi Bassi – Moldavia – Francia / Belgium – The Netherlands – Moldova – France
2022, HD, col., 73’
v.o. rumena / Romanian o.v.
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Otilia Babara. Montaggio / Editing: Pierpaolo Filomeno. Suono / Sound: Mark Glynne. Produzione / Produced by: Clin d’oeil films. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Alegria Productions, Basalt Film, ALT Film. Con il supporto di / Supported by: Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Belgian Tax Shelter, PROCIREP, ANGOA, Nederlands Film fund, La Scam, Cnc Moldova, Embassy of France in Moldova. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Taskovski Films.
In the early 1990’s, women left Moldova in large numbers to provide for their families. Unable to return home, they found a peculiar way to stay in touch: sending large cardboard boxes filled with gifts and food you could only dream about in those days. In return, their children would send videotapes. This exchange became a ritual among thousands of families. Video cameras and presents allowed these mothers and children to share glimpses of their realities while being apart.Through these intimate private archives, the film depicts the fragility of family bonds through the eyes of a generation of mothers and daughters who were forced to live apart in order to survive. While doing so, Otilia Babara portrays a post-soviet country caught in a crossroads of history. A country whose women were unwittingly put in charge of making the transition from communism to capitalism.
“Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moldova opened itself to the world in great part because of these mothers. They showed us another reality, another way of living, one box at a time”. (O. Babara)
Otilia Babara is a documentary filmmaker from Moldova based in Brussels. She holds a degree in documentary filmmaking from the Docnomads European Master program (Belgium, Hungary, Portugal) and is a 2013 Berlinale Talents fellow. She directed and produced several short films, namely Women on Canvas (2009), which was awarded in Astra Film Festival and Cronograf Film Festival. Love is Not an Orange is her first feature-length documentary which presented at DOK Leipzig 2022.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
2009 Women on Canvas cm / sf doc.; Premi / Awards: Cronograf Festival. Astra Film Festival 2014 Blossom cm / sf doc. 2015 Irene doc. 2022 Love is Not an Orange doc.