Rewriting the Story: A Case Study of Love Is Not an Orange (November 23)

16. 11. 2022

Author: Veronika Zýková

Join us on Wednesday, November 23 at 6 pm (CET), for a conversation between director Otilia Babara, producer Hanne Phlypo and editor Pierpaolo Filomeno. Moderated by Natalia Imaz.

How to deal with the film project when your initial story changes and you have to start creating a completely new film. How does it affect obligations that a producer has when making the whole funding strategy? Love is not an orange is a beautiful and strong film created fully from personal archives. What was the role of an editor in the whole creative process? Learn about the archive research, creating of a narration and overall structure, and about the production challenges that the film team was dealing with. 

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In the early 90’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, Otilia Babara 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, she 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.

The film was premiered at DOK Leipzig and got the Silver Eye Award by the Institute of Documentary Film at Ji.hlava IDFF.

The IDF Industry Sessions series is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Czech Film Fund and APA - Audiovisual Producers' Association.

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