HOLY FATHER

HOLY FATHER

HOLY FATHER


Romania 2020
85 minutes
directed by: Andrei Dăscălescu

This is an exclusive road movie in search of answers hidden deep in silence and oblivion.

Andrei Dăscălescu is facing a situation that announces a major, important change in his life. Face to face with his worried wife, unprepared to directly express his own condition and emotions, he takes a camera that he uses more successfully than words and resolutely and bravely undertakes a great documentary endeavor. With his film skills, he tries to break through the invisible walls between the present, the past and the future, and sets out to meet his father, who has renounced the world and left the son in that renunciation. The journey takes us to spaces of deep devotion, to the Holy Mountain, and confronts us with long-buried secrets and conflicts. This is where the unusual friendship between the father, a monk crucified between his duties and family history, and the son begins. A camera helps him to behold and understand his own father and the rest of the world. This is a touching film quest for a father, but also for what it really means to be a father. And finally, a quest for how to become a father himself. This is a dramatic search for reconciliation and a story about the true courage of future parents ready to face the legacy they need to pass on to their child.

A film that enchants you with its warmth and intimacy, as well as with its amazing documenting the deep need to create an inner space for the new life to come.


Andrei Dăscălescu

Born in 1984 in Piatra Neamț, Romania. Studied multimedia and sound editing at the National University of Theatre and Film “I. L. Caragiale” (Universitatea Națională de Artă Teatrală Cini Cinematografică “Ion Luca Caragiale”) in Bucharest. He collaborated in the editing sector with one of the most famous American editors, Walter Murch, on Francis Ford Coppola's film "Youth without Youth". He founded his own production company Filmlab in 2007. Works as director, cinematographer and editor of documentaries. His feature-length documentaries have been in selections and won prestigious awards at some of the most important festivals (IDFA, Sarajevo, Krakow, DOC Lisbon, DOC Aviv). He has been nominated four times, and in 2018 he won the Gopo Award, the Romanian Oscar, for best documentary.

Selected filmography

  • HOLY FATHER, 2020
  • PLANET PETRILA, 2016.
  • CONSTANTIN AND ELENA, 2007