ABSENT | Directed by Matthew Mishory
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"Must-see! Mishory cuts his documentary almost like a thriller, gradually revealing information...the documentary equivalent of Radu Jude’s Afermin!, winner of this year’s Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Director." -- Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa
One of the top ten films of 2015 -- Cine Maldito
"Masterful! A work of deep personal meaning. With its lingering shots of the village’s asbestos roofs and abandoned Jewish graveyard, and its scoreless soundtrack, Absent is a haunting experience." -- Tal Kra-Oz, Tablet Magazine
For over a hundred years, Mărculeşti was a vibrant Jewish agricultural and mercantile community in Bessarabia (now present-day Moldova). In July 1941, the village was the site of an unimaginable atrocity. Seventy-four years later, few speak clearly or honestly about what happened. Absent is a cinematic portrait of the ghost village of Mărculeşti, its current inhabitants, and their very complex relationship to their own history. Working entirely on location, filmmaker Matthew Mishory documents one of Europe's poorest, most remote, and least-visited places.
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"Fascinating. A film about the difficulty, the impossibility, of language when the subject is unspeakable." -- Michael Silverblatt, KCRW.
"ABSENT is brilliant! A meaningful document of denial." -- Arnold Schwartzman (Academy Award Winner, Genocide).
"Matthew Mishory [is] a new major figure in US independent cinema." -- Les Inrocks (France)
World Premiere: Astra Film Festival, Sibiu. 6th and 8th October 2015. *Q&A.
International Premiere: Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo, Spain. 10th, 11th, and 12th November 2015.
Latin American Premiere: Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay, Montevideo. 28th March 2016.
Baltic Premiere: Tartu World Film Festival, Estonia. 30th March 2016.
Festival of Tolerance, Zagreb, Croatia. 10th April 2016.
US Premiere: South East European Film Festival, Los Angeles. 3rd May 2016. *Q&A.
*Co-Presented by the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.
German Premiere: Kino Moviemento, Berlin, 8th September 2016. *Q&A.
Israel Premiere: Tel Aviv Cinematheque, 18th September 2016. *Q&A.
Haifa Cinematheque, 19th September, 2016. *Q&A.
Paris Premiere: Collège des Bernardins, Quartier Latin, 22nd September 2016. *Q&A.
*Co-Presented by Yahad - In Unum.
Bulgaria Premiere: Burgas International Film Festival, 22nd July, 2017.
Swiss Premiere: ICZ Zurich, 13th September, 2017. *Q&A
*Co-Presented by Likrat Moldova and Living Stones Association.
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