HOLY FATHERa documentary by Andrei Dăscălescu
WINNER of the Special Jury Award at Sarajevo Film Festival 2020
WINNER of the Audience Award at Astra Film Festival 2020
length: 85 min | country: Romania | format: 4K | aspect ratio: 2.39: 1
HOW DO YOU PREPARE TO BECOME A GOOD FATHER WHEN YOU GREW UP WITHOUT ONE?
The filmmaker (Andrei) and his girlfriend (Paula) face the news of becoming parents. While the future mother is struggling with no worthy role models in her broken family, the soon-to-be father must come to terms with his own, long-lost father, now a monk on Mount Athos. Andrei’s visits to the monastery seek to solve the mystery of his father’s leaving the family when Andrei was only six. Could this be the key to learning how to become the father he never had? Meanwhile, as the pregnancy progresses, the quest for answers and reconciliation makes way for something much more meaningful.
Written, directed and shot by Andrei Dăscălescu
Andrei is an established Romanian documentary film director, cinematographer, and editor. His previous two feature documentaries, Planeta Petrila (2016) and Constantin and Elena (2008), have been selected and awarded in major international film festivals (IDFA – First Appearance Award, Sarajevo, San Francisco, Vancouver, Krakow, Doclisboa, Docaviv, Montpellier). Andrei had 5 nominations and won the Best Documentary prize in 2018 at the Gopo Awards (Romanian Film Industry Awards). He founded Filmlab, his film production company, in 2007.
produced by ANDA IONESCU
With a master’s degree and studies in communication in both Romania and Denmark, Anda has been working in film production and cultural management in the two countries for the past 6 years. Anda is an EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) Ties That Bind alumna (2019), an EAVE+ participant (2020), and a European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA) member. Her filmography as a producer includes Ruxandra Ghițescu’s Otto the Barbarian, Andra Tarara’s Us Against Ourselves and Bogdan Theodor Olteanu’s Mia Misses Her Revenge.
Executive Producer HBO Europe:
Producer HBO Romania:
Ștefan Pârlog, Andrei Dăscălescu
Dan-Ștefan Rucăreanu, Ioan Filip, Matei Vasilache
August 15th, 2020
World Premiere as Opening Film at the 26th Sarajevo Film Festival | Facebook Event
[WINNER of Special Jury Award]
September 11th, 2020
International Competition of Astra Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania | Facebook Event
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Holy Father fluidly moves from the mistakes of the past to the regrets of today, but it lingers with the young parents’ hope for a perfect future for their daughter. They are right to hope, because their slate is still clean.
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Romanian director Andrei Dăscălescu has, with Holy Father, not added to this vast stockpile of scare stories so much as used the documentary form to unravel the inherited baggage he has in his head around the notion of the failed father. He decided to pre-empt any feared catastrophe and started making the wry, intimate, and candid film while his daughter was still in his girlfriend’s womb.
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Andrei Dascalescu is a talented filmmaker who can tell a very personal story in a remarkably universal way. A lot of people will see something of themselves in the doubts of the parents-to-be.
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[interview by Marinela Domančić, published in Festival Daily 03] Mr Dăscălescu, we had the opportunity to see both of your previous feature documentaries here in Sarajevo. Even when you were personally intrigued and involved, they both were observing documentaries. How different was it to work on this film, as it was purely about yourself? With my new film, Holy Father, I reach out to my own father, trying to find answers and reconciliation, while at the same time facing unexpected parenthood with my girlfriend. So, my situation was difficult, and documenting it was always challenging, sometimes even painful. On the other hand, the idea of making this film helped me surface some life-long...
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