House by the lake –


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“Look, otter poo!” shouts one of the boys who are sailing through the moor in a small boat. The oldest of them is about to pull a young swan out of the thicket. After pouncing on it, he releases it and a short time later dives under the surface of the water with a fish he has just caught in his mouth. This has always been the home of the Enaches, nine children and their parents – in a hut in the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta. But when the government declares the urban delta a nature reserve, the family is forcibly relocated to the city and confronted with a reality that is completely foreign to them.

Radu Ciorniciuc’s heartbreaking debut is a thoughtful study of gentrification, seen through the eyes of a family trying to adapt to the new life they never wanted.


  • Credits

    Romania, Germany, Finland 2020

    Length: 86 min

    Director: Radu Ciorniciuc

    Book: Radu Ciorniciuc, Lina Vdovîi

    Camera: Mircea Topoleanu, Radu Ciorniciuc

    Cast:  Vali Enache, Gică Enache, Niculina Nedelcu, Rică Enache, Marcel Enache, Gigel Enache, Nicușor Enache, Luci Enache, Zâna Enache, Duca Enache, Corina Enache, Georgiana Enache


    Version: Original with German Subtitle