Toto si surorile lui / Toto and his sisters Programme 2018

by Alexander Nanau International Documentary Film / Competition

Together with his older sisters, Andreea and Ana, nine-year-old Toto lives in a rundown neighborhood on the outskirts of Bucharest. These three Roma children live packed awkwardly together in a single room. At the age of five, Toto watched on as his mother, Siminca, was led away by a special unit connected to the Romanian police. The three have since had to take care of themselves; their mother was locked away for dealing drugs. When finally taken in by an orphanage, the lives of Andreea and Toto suddenly change. Toto learns to read, to write, to laugh, and also discovers a new passion: Dancing.
Alexander Nanau’s elegant documentary film offers us a unique, intense and deeply probing insight into the life of a Roma family living on the fringes of society. A drama full of the highs and lows that only real life can supply.


  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: Romania, 2014
  • Runtime: 93 Min
  • Languages: Romanian
  • Subtitles: English, German
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  • Director: Alexander Nanau
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  • Screenplay: Alexander Nanau
  • Cinematography: Alexander Nanau
  • Editors: Alexander Nanau, George Cragg, Mircea Olteanu
  • Sound: Matthias Lempert , Florian Ardelean
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  • Producers: Valeriu Nicolae, Catalin Mitulescu, Alexander Nanau, Marcian Lazar, Hanka Kastelicova, Bianca Oana, Carmen Harabagiu, Antony Root
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  • Production Companies: Strada Film, HBO Europe
  • World Sales: Autlook Filmsales GmbH
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