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Ana, mon amour

Cãlin Peter Netzer
Romania, Germany, France 2016 / 127’
All These Sleepless Nights Animals

Ana and Toma meet at university and quickly fall passionately in love. However, Ana's progressive mental illness casts a shadow on their relationship. Like in his Golden Bear-winning Child's Pose, Calin Peter Netzerplaces this intimate history within a broader commentary on Romanian society. In Ana, Mon Amour, an adaptation of Cezar Paul-Badescu's acclaimed novel, the purity of youthful feelings comes face to face with the cynicism of the older generation and institutions such as the Orthodox Church. The multilayered storyline is accompanied by a fittingly elaborate structure. Relying heaving on psychoanalysis, Ana, Mon Amour takes onthe form of a therapy session. The narrative is based not so much on sequences of cause and effect, but rather on the logic of associations and emotions. As a result, scenes depicting the main characters' increasingly toxic relationship are interwoven with snapshots of its euphoric beginnings, and an atmosphere of melancholy dominates the film.

Piotr Czerkawski

Cãlin Peter Netzer

Calin Peter Netzer was born in Petrosani in 1975. His family moved to West Germany in 1983. Eleven years later, he returned to his homeland to study Direction at the Bucharest Academy of Theater and Film. In 2003, he made his first full-length feature, Maria, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Festival. He won the Golden Bear for Child's Pose at the Berlinale in 2013.


1998 Zapada mieilor (short)

2003 Maria

2009 Medal honorowy / Medalia de onoare / Medal of Honor

2013 Pozycja dziecka / Poziţia copilului / Child's Pose

Cast & Crew

director Cãlin Peter Netzer
screenplay Cãlin Peter Netzer, Cezar Paul-Badescu, Iulia Lumânare (based on Cezar Paul-Badescu's "Luminita, Mon Amour")
cinematography Andrei Butica
editing Dana Bunescu
music André Rigaut
cast Diana Cavallioti, Mircea Postelnicu, Adrian Titieni
producer Oana Iancu, Cãlin Peter Netzer
production Parada Film, Augenschein Filmproduktion, Sophie Dulac Productions
Polish distributor Aurora Films
language Romanian
colouration colour