ULTIMUL CĂLDĂRAR @Competiție Romania - Astra Film Festival
Cosmin Bumbuț, Elena Stancu, Romania, 2016, 60'
Cinematography: Cosmin Bumbuț
Editing: Cosmin Bumbuț
Producer: Cosmin Bumbuț, Elena Stancu
Geo, a young Roma coppersmith from Corcova village, Romania, lacks the means to support his wife and his 6-year old son. The farmers from the surrounding villages are not buying his copper handmade objects anymore – the copper brandy stills, trays and pots the Roma coppersmith families traditionally manufacture and sell nearby. While the older Roma coppersmiths from Corcova still work copper for their few customers, the younger generation is leaving for France to collect scrap metal, or for Belgium to pick apples. Half of the Roma in Corcova have already left the country. Geo has been to France to collect scrap metal and to Belgium to work as an apple picker. He quickly learned French and earned some money to build a house in Corcova. Geo and his wife, Marina, are now preparing to depart again, but life in France is extremely hard for them. They live in “barracks” surrounded by garbage and rats, in extremely poor conditions compared to what they have at home.