1984: the year I was born. Ceaușescu ordered the demolition of an architectural monument of the 18th century, the imposing Văcăresti monastery in Bucharest, transformed into a political prison in the 20th century. He wanted to build an artificial lake in its place. After having built five kilometres of walls, he did not have time to see the completion of his project. History caught up with him as he was executed in 1989. The abandoned land of what had been Văcăresti, protected by the walls, faded from collective consciousness. 'The Delta of Bucharest' becomes a film space where all the parallel lives materialise.
Dir. Eva Pervolovici - 92min - 2020 - FranceRomania
"As far as I’m concerned, I intend to film an abandoned land, while projecting upon it the dreams of the past and the future, which both transform and transcend the place. A political prison, a natural park, a Roma settlement – a “film space” develops in the place of abandoned land." Read Eva Pervolovici's introduction to her film and more stills over at: www.truestoryfilm.blog
"Eva Pervolovici movingly juxtaposes the tragic history of women held in a Romanian communist jail with the beautiful wetlands area that the site is today" - Guardian
"spans decades, drawing a line from the area’s area’s dark communist-era history to its current status as protected land, with years of decaying abandonment in between....simultaneously beautiful and cruel" - Modern Times Review
"those affected by the place’s oftentimes dark history tell its story. Supported by archival material, the film draws a line all the way from the former torture prison to Văcărești’s current purpose as a playground for an uncertain future." - Ethnocineca Doc Fest