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The Golden Girl

DirectorDenisa Morariu-Tamas, Adrian Robe
ProducerBianca Oana – Edmond media; Monogram Film, HBO Europe
WriterDenisa Morariu-Tamas, Adrian Robe
CameraCristian Tamas
EditorAdrian Robe
CastAndreea Raducan, Nadia Comaneci, Octavian Bellu, Mariana Bitang
Original TitleFATA DE AUR
Year2019
Length95 min
CountryRomania
SubtitlesEnglish
SectionDOCUMENTARIES OPEN DEBATES / WOMEN’S POWER

Romanian sport celebrity, the gymnast Andreea Raducan, won at the Olympics in 2000. But her Golden medal was outrageously taken away. The film explores this the top level sport scandal as well as dramatic life of young female gymnasts in Romania, country that gave the greatest gymnast of all time, Nadia Comaneci, and many other big sport names. Compelling, with a great access to the closed world of Olympic sport competitors, the documentary opens many relevant questions.
The screening will be followed by Q&A with the co-director Denisa Morariu Tamas.

Synopsis

In a country where the Olympics have brought countless gold medals, Andreea Raducan is an icon. Since Nadia Comaneci reached the top of the Olympic mountain, for decades Romania has consistently delivered exceptional gymnasts. But only Andreea got as close as possible to Comanci’s performance. It happened in Sydney in 2000 when, aged 16, she became the all-around gold Olympic champion. 

The film documents the pain and the complex personal consequences triggered by a dramatic turn of events. Three days later, testing positive for a substance found in a flu tablet given by her doctor, the Olympic committee stripped her of her medal. Although soon officially cleared of any wrongdoing, Andreea was never reinstated as champion. 18 years later and a strong, inspiring, confident woman, she opens up about her trauma and is challenging the Olympic establishment in Geneva.