Nora Agapi is a director, cinematographer and photographer. She graduated from the cinematography department of UNATC „I. L. Caragiale” in Bucharest and she holds a MA in digital arts from Athens Fine Arts University in Athens. She has worked as a teaching assistant at UNATC and as a tutor at Moldox IDFF for Social Change. Her documentaries have been selected at festivals such as Berlin IFF, Rotterdam IFF, Transilvania IFF, Astra Film Festival.
Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan is a Romanian producer and director. Monica produced or co-produced a number of feature length fictions and documentaries with established Romanian directors, with films selected or awarded at Berlinale, Sundance, Locarno and many others festivals ("A Mere Breath", "Chuck Norris vs Communism", "The Cage", "Domestic", "Timebox" etc). In 2011 MY VOTE, her medium length documentary as director was selected for Rotterdam IFF, Documenta Madrid IFF and many others and awarded in Sarajevo IFF. "A MERE BREATH" feature length documentary (2016) premiered at Vision du Reel, International Competition and was awarded at Sarajevo IFF 2016 with "The Heart of Sarajevo/Best Documentary Film", at LET’S CEE Cinema Austria with Best Documentary in Competition, Romanian National Awards/GOPO Award for Best Romanian Documentary of 2016, at ASTRA IDFF with Best Romanian Documentary award, 2017, at DocuArt with Best Director, selected for Chicago IFF and many other festivals, screened on Mubi, Amazon etc
Ioan Matei Agapi’s home is a place that belongs to the realm of memory — from shelves and boxfuls of photographs and home-movies to his old childhood ice-skates. The municipal decision to have his flat evicted brings about an entire process of evaluating what should be kept, what serves a purpose. Thus, in the midst of an incursion into the Agapi family’s political and artistic past through images from their personal archives, a discussion ensues about the importance of memory, loaded with small tensions here and there. The coldness of the demands to evict this place runs counter to the vivid (and slightly melancholic) brightness of the filmed images, to the vivacity with which the protagonist remembers his own past. Starting as a conversation between father and daughter, Nora Agapi’s film becomes a fight for spaces and memories, an homage to her own father, but also to the place and the world of her childhood. (Teodora Leu)
awards and festivals
Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2018 - Best Central and East European Documentary Film