There’s a breezy insouciance to this slice of realism set in the tiny unrecognised state of Transnistra, which split from Moldova after the civil war in 1992. Atmospherically shot on gritty 16mm, the documentary follows a group of close friends and their emotional ups and downs from the sultry days of summer to the bitterly cold winter. Technically the country doesn’t exist at all and that mood of uncertainty is conveyed by Anna Eborn’s freewheeling approach to her narrative and a seductive occasional score of woozy jazz tunes and ambient sounds that convey a feeling of surreal dispossession. (Meredith Taylor, Filmuforia)

Director's Biography
Anna Eborn
Anna Eborn, born in Sweden in 1983, is self-taught and has directed various short films, feature films and documentaries. Her first feature-length documentary, “Pine Ridge” (2013), was chosen for the official selection of the Venice Film Festival and won Best Nordic Documentary at the Gothenburg Film Festival in 2014. “Transnistra” (2019) premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam where it won the Big Screen Award, and best Nordic Documentary in Gothenburg.

Film Selection: Transnistra (2019, doc) - Lida (2017, doc) - Epifanía (2016, doc/fiction hybrid) - Nothing Happens (2015, doc short) - Zmiivka (2014, doc short) - Pine Ridge (2013, doc) - Baba (2010, doc short) - Relative Wind (2009, doc short)
2019: CROSSING EUROPE Social Awareness Award – Best Documentary
Competition Documentary 2019
Anna Eborn
Sweden / Denmark / Belgium 2019
93 minutes
Russian / Romanian / Ukrainian
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Anna Eborn
Cinematography Virginie Surdej
Editing Anna Eborn
Sound/Sounddesign Thomas Jaeger, Ted Krotkiewski
Music Walter Hus
With Tanya, Tolya, Sasha, Burulya, Denis, Dima
Producer(s) David Herdies, Michael Krotkiewski, Katja Adomeit, Hanne Phlypo
Momento Film, Adomeit Film, Clin d'oeuil Films
World Sales
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere

CROSSING EUROPE Social Awareness Award - Best Documentary 2019 - Special Mention