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Ryna (2005)

Ryna (2005)

94 min. - Drama - AG - 24.11.2006

Synopsis: In a small community in the Danube Delta that wavers between old traditions and new material aspirations, a teenager, Ryna, pays a heavy price in a search of her own identity.

Director: Ruxandra Zenide

Writer: Marek Epstein, Ruxandra Zenide

Stars: Dorotheea Petre, Valentin Popescu, Mathieu Roze

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Produced By

Strada Film (Romania)
Pacific Films (Elveţia)
Elefant Films
Navarro Films


Metropolis Film

Festivals, Awards

  1. 2005 - Mannheim - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention
    2005 - Marea Neagră - Best Actress (Dorotheea Petre)
    2005 - Bordeaux - "Golden Wave" Award for Best Movie
    2005 - Geneva - FIPRESCI Prize & Prize "Le Reflet d'Or"
    2006 - TIFF - Best Debut in Romanian Film (Dorotheea Petre)
    2006 - Cottbus - Special Prize of the Jury
    2006 - UCIN - Best Directing for First Film, Best Cinematography & Best Actress (Dorotheea Petre) & Best Actor (Valentin Popescu), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Nicolae Praida), scenografie
    2006 - Annonay - Audience Award & Lycéens Jury Prize
    2006 - Valencia - Prize"Golden Moon"
    2006 - Tromsø - Prize "Don Quijote"
    2007 - Gopo - Best Actress in a Leading Role(Dorotheea Petre) & Best Cinematography & Best Actor in a Leading Role (Valentin Popescu) & Best Directing


16 year old Ryna is the daughter of a poor Romanian who runs a gas station in a small community in the Danube delta. Ryna has been brought up like a boy because her father had longed for a son. The film is about strong family ties, about gender identity, and about a despotic father slowly losing his grip. But, it is also about poverty, social suppression and the abuse of power. Ryna shows the awakening of a young girl's soul and the pain that goes with it. Caught between traditional values and materialistic dreams, in the end Ryna pays a heavy price in order to assert her own identity. (Elena Hazanov)


Opinia criticului

"Filmul Ruxandrei Zenide are atmosferă, are intenţii onorabile, are o morală, are chiar şi-un soi de poezie de final de lume - n-are însă emoţie, n-are cojones (nu-s misogin, Kathryn Bigelow are trei, de exemplu), iar când actorii deschid gura e jale. Devine astfel evident că principalul atu este vizual (deşi imagine splendidă nu-i totuna cu imagine bună - à bon entendeur) şi mi se pare important de notat că-i primul film românesc pe ecran lat de foarte, foarte multă vreme încoace, deşi compoziţiile în cinemascop, chit că impresionante, nu-s complet justificate." (Andrei Creţulescu, Time Out noiembrie 2006)

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