New Directors Competition | 2016 | 106 minutes
Stranger Says: It’s hard not to be charmed by Anishoara’s old-world, quiet beauty. It begins with an adorable elderly man speaking directly into the camera, telling a mythological tale of a woman’s longing. The cinematography of the Eastern European countryside is gorgeous, and while it’s set in current times, it feels like a decades-old time capsule. The old people sing folk songs from a distant era; the young people load watermelons into a truck with joyful camaraderie. There is little speaking, instead using lingering shots of the characters’ faces to tell the story of a beautiful young woman’s coming of age.
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