A flag with a hammer and sickle is still waving over the breakaway republic Transnistria, a small strip of land perched between Moldova and the Ukraine. With its own currency, army and president, the forgotten mini-state appears to be a (post-)Soviet time capsule – while the youth are struggling to find a future there. Should they stay, or leave?
Through the passing seasons, we stay in the company of the fascinating 17-year-old Tanya and her group of male friends. They roam desolate gravel roads and abandoned building sites, without aim. But amongst the ruins, love is in bloom, and their lives consist of the universal teenage elements: jealousy, falling in love, hopes and dreams, despair, and partying. Shot on 16mm, TRANSNISTRA is a devastatingly beautiful coming-of-age portrait; intimate, quizzical, and empathic. TRANSNISTRA is Eborn’s fourth feature documentary, and she has been proclaimed Sweden’s most interesting documentary film director.
This film was selected by freelance film critic Maria Fosheim Lund. She will hold an introduction before the screening at Fokus 1, Wednesday January 15th at 17:30.