Written / Unwritten

Written / Unwritten

Outside a maternity ward, a Roma family is announced their underage daughter has just had a baby girl. Pardică (50) doesn’t seem to celebrate the moment; he is very displeased with this early pregnancy, for which he blames his wife. However, things become even tenser when a hospital employee asks them to sign some papers and discovers issues related to their IDs and their status as parents of the underage new mother. The imminent danger of state authorities separating them from their daughter determines Pardică to take action.

When : Saturday 28th _ 2:15 pm

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Adrian Silisteanu was born in Bacau, Romania, in March 5th, 1975 and he graduated Cinematography in Bucharest. Studying also the Digital Cinematography at National Audiovisual Institute in Paris, he worked for a short period as Digital Imaging Technician. Romanian Director Adrian Sitaru’s film debut “Hooked” was also Silisteanu’s first film as Director of Photography. He shot the next three feature films of Sitaru “Best Intentions” “Domestic” and “Illegitimate” and the short films “Waves”, “The Cage”, “Lord”, “House Party”, “Excursion” and “Art”. In 2012 Adrian Silisteanu directs his first short film, “The Ditch”. He worked with the well known Romanian theater director Silviu Purcarete for his first motion picture “Somewhere in Palilula” and he was cinematographer for the two seasons of Romanian version of HBO TV show “In treatment”.

« The idea of this film emerged following a real life situation which I witnessed outside of a maternity ward and which, over the years, obsessively came back to my mind.

A Roma family waiting for their underage 15-year-old daughter to give birth suddenly found itself in the absurd situation of being separated from her, because of faults in the system. It is true that they were neither the natural parents of the girl nor the adoptive ones, but still, they were the ones who had raised ever since she was little. The lack of documents proof to this fact triggered a completely absurd situation, at the basis of which there stood actually the conflict between two different cultures – a written one versus an oral one.

Can we state to the superiority of either of them?

The purpose of this film is not to necessarily give an answer to this question but to raise a series of questions related to the way society tries to settle the interactions between its members, not taking into account the specificity and individuality of each of them » – Adrian Silisteanu





 19 minutes 30 seconds

Producer : Anamaria Antoci, Adrian Silisteanu
Director : Adrian Silisteanu
Writer : Claudia Silisteanu
Casting : Sorin Mihai, Alina Serban, Elena Ursaru, Claudiu Dimitru, Teodora Sandu, Raisa Mihai, Claudia Silisteanu, Isabela Neamtu