ABSENT | Directed by Matthew Mishory | Now available to rent and own from Amazon Prime Video.

"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, writer/director Matthew Mishory documents one of Europe's poorest, most remote, and least-visited places.  Produced by Sabin Dorohoi, Edward Singletary, Jr., and Randall Walk.  A Romania-Switzerland-US Co-Production. 

Press Materials

Cineuropa Review | Tablet Review | Press Kit | Poster | Postcard
"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)

Selected Screenings

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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