Oceanul Mare

The film centers on three Chinese people in Bucharest, who migrated there in the early 1990s. It follows their paths through Romania's metropolis and traces their varying connections with Europe's largest Chinese market on the periphery of the city. Episode by episode, it accompanies the central characters through the striking contrasts of their daily routines and business milieus, telling a story of what it is like to be foreign and of cultural displacement. Ultimately, the story underscores the challenge to immerse oneself into the unknown while continually reinventing oneself in the process. (sixpackfilm)

Director's Biography
Katharina Copony
Born 1972 in Graz. She lives and works as a freelance filmmaker in Berlin and Vienna, and studied visual media design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna with Peter Weibel and at the HdK Berlin. Video art, photography and films since 1996. Artist in residence in Moriya (JPN), Rome, London, Sarajevo. She received several awards for her work.

Film Selection: Moghen Paris – Und sie ziehen mit (2016, doc) — Spieler (2014, doc) — Oceanul Mare (2009, doc) — Il Palazzo (2006, mid-length doc) — Kanegra (2004, mid-length doc) — der wackelatlas – sammeln und  jagen mit H.C. Artmann (2001, doc, with Emily Artmann)   
Spotlight 2018
Katharina Copony
Austria / Germany / Romania 2009
78 minutes
Chinese / Romanian
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Katharina Copony
Cinematography Bernhard Keller
Editing Stefan Stabenow
Sound/Sounddesign Pavel Cuzuioc, Sebastian Kleinloh
With Shen Xiaoming, Li Jianhua, Liu Yuexia
Producer(s) Katharina Copony, Ada Solomon
HiFilm Productions, Komplizen Film
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Diagonale 2009