No Elephant in the Room
Poland, Romania2022documentary76'National Competition
When a new law banning circus shows featuring animals enters into force, Adi and Mioara, animal trainers in a Bucharest circus, must come up with an idea of how to make their shows more attractive so that they do not lose their audience. A world-famous circus director arrives at Romania from as far as Las Vegas in order to help. Within a few months the troupe must adapt to the novel artistic vision, which will require them to learn new acrobatic tricks and tasks they have not performed so far. The ambition of the new troupe instructor, who collaborated with world-famous Cirque du Soleil among others, is to create the most remarkable circus performance in this part of Europe.
- directed by
- Q&A guestClara Kleininger-Wanik
Filmmaker and anthropologist. Born in Bucharest. Graduated in visual anthropology from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology in Manchester. She is a graduate of the Dok Pro program at the Wajda School in Warsaw. Several of her short documentaries have been screened at international festivals, and her short film "Everyday Greyness" premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020. Clara is a graduate of IDFA Summer School and Sarajevo Talents, and teaches documentary film and anthropology at Opole University.
- Mihai Andrei Leaha
- Clara Kleininger-Wanik
- Artur Walaszczyk
- Piotr Bodak
- Tatiana Matysiak, Magdalena Borowiec (SQUARE film studio)