I was born in Romania. Having always been fascinated by television, I studied Journalism and worked as a reporter for two tv channels. In 2006, I had the opportunity to study in Aix en Provence for a year. I fell in love with France. In 2010, I moved to the South of France to study cinema and started to work as a film director. I love filming and I developed a real passion for documentary filmmaking.
I have just started to work on a new script. A nice story combining science and art. This time, the challenge is twice as hard because not only am I directing the project, I am also producing it by myself.
Viscri, a Saxon village in Transylvania, almost disappeared for the first time under Ceaucescu as a result of the “systematization” program, and for the second time after the fall of the regime when most of its inhabitants fled to Germany. A handful of people saved it from ruin by developing a form of tourism that showcases their heritage while preserving rural life. Sarah, an elderly lady who has always lived in Viscri, is the village’s memory ; her daughter Caroline, is the manager of the project ; Gheorge, who goes on hand-making bricks and roof-tiles for the renovation of the houses ; Liliana and Loan, a couple of breeders also work in tourism ; Mihai, a former executive who came from Bucarest, manages the fanciest guest house ; Werner, a Belgian architect, rebuilt a traditional house in a contemporary fashion. All of them live in the village in the same way as people used to live between XIXth an XXIst century… everything would be fine if the flood of tourists would not threaten the balance they wish for. How can they maintain the number of visitors at a sustainable level ?
For the filming we had to travel from France to Romania. We took the plane which departed from Marseille, with a connection in Paris. We had a lot of equipment and part of it was lost during the connection.
The filming time was limited, and all the interviews were planned. We couldn’t wait too much as we had to travel to Viscri and start the filming. We managed to replace the boompole with a wooden stick and the missing tripod with a stump. We filmed for almost a week with our “equipment”. We had a lot of fun and in the end we were happy with the result.