EN - The latest film from award-winning director Anna Eborn (Pine Ridge, Lida), Transnistra is set in the self-appointed nation Transnistria (Priednestrovia), a narrow strip of land adjacent to Ukraine, where, against an unforgiving landscape of Soviet heritage, a group of 16-year-olds search for safety, freedom and meaning. A naturalistic and humane documentary feature, Transnistra charts a narrative from a sweltering, carefree summer through an unforgiving winter, as each of the film’s disparate characters learn to understand each other’s hopes and needs.

The film’s focus largely falls on Tanya, a headstrong and caring young woman who spends her time among a ragtag group of young males, each of whom seem to be in love with her, and while treating her as one of their own, alternately vye for her affections and wisdom. Having not completed their school studies and unable to find work, the small crew spend their time exploring abandoned construction sites, often scaling structures with a daredevil sensibility and a youthful carelessness. As they descend to great lakes and spots of overgrown natural beauty, they discuss their hopes and dreams in good humour, soaking in the sun and each other.

NL - Transnistra is een intiem en vitaal verslag van liefde en vriendschap in een complexe, tegenstrijdige wereld, atmosferisch gefilmd op 16mm. Prijswinnend regisseur Anna Eborn (Pine Ridge) volgt op intieme wijze een groep jonge mensen tijdens een zinderende, zorgeloze zomer en door een meedogenloze winter in de zelfbenoemde staat Transnistrië, waar de nationale vlag nog steeds de hamer en sikkel draagt.

FR - Ce film, superbement tourné en 16 mm par la chef-opératrice Virginie Surdej et doté d’une bande originale sublime qui a un son folksy assez éthérée, signé par Walter Hus, suit les jeunes vies de Tanya et de sa bande d'amirateurs alors que la Transnistrie elle-même essaie d'affirmer sa propre indépendance.


Title Transnistra
Original title Transnistra
Original language Moldovian, Ukrainian, Russian
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre Documentary
Year 2019
World première / first public presentation 2019-01-26


Cast Tanya, Tolya, Sasha, Burulya, Denis, Dima, Valentina & Vanya
Photography Virginie Surdej
Editing Anna Eborn
Music Walter Hus

Technical specs

Running time film 95'
Release format DCP
Sound format 5.1 / Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Main producer David Herdies
Main production company Momento Film
Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), CCA, Eurimages, Swedish Film Institute, Danish Film Institute
Production partners Adomeit Film, Clin d'oeil films
Tax shelter partners Casa Kafka


2019: International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL); Göteborg Film Festival (SE); Docville (BE); Tempo Film Festival (SE); CPH:Dox (DK); Visions du Réel (CH); Crossing Europe (AT); Oslo Pix International Film Festival (NO); Guanajuato International Film Festival (MX); Sarajevo Film Festival (BA); Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (JP); FIDADOC (MA); Al Este Film Festival (PE); Millennium Docs Against Gravity (PL)


2019: Big Screen Award - International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL); Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary - Göteborg Film Festival (SE); Oslo Grand Pix: Nordic Documentary - Oslo Pix International Film Festival (NO)

There are no related news articles.

You must be logged in to view the press kit. Login

Don't have an account? Register

Last edited on 28 October 2019

Short info

Director Anna Eborn
Producers Hanne Phlypo
Writers Anna Eborn

Clin d'oeil films
Hanne Phlypo
Groenejagersveld 65
1000 Brussels
T +32 10 730 382


Catherine Le Clef
18, rue Quincampoix
75004 Paris
T +33 6 07 40 49 37

Preferential partners