directed by Philip Scheffner e Colorado Velcu, Germany 2016, 94’
When the Velcu family left Romania to emigrate to Germany, their filmmaker friends Philip Scheffner were there to film their trip. The family embraces the idea to make a film about their new life, and the family members start a long process of acclimatization in a society not far from theirs but, at the same time, profoundly different and full of prejudices. The director’s images flank those produced by the protagonists themselves. Berlin’s bucolic parks provide the background for family events, making the film sometimes melancholic and sometimes extremely fascinating, in an intelligent meta-cinema mixture about ethnographic cinema, media images and stereotypes about Roma families.
Stefano Piemontese (Autonomous University of Barcelona)