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When Time Loses Patience

DirectorAndreea Dumitriu
ProducerAndreea Dumitriu, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
EditorAndreea Dumitriu, Efin de Landmeter, Marijke Noordegraaf
CameraJesse Tuenter
SoundTom de Smit, Andreea Dumitriu
Screening4 November 2017 | 22:00 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Length21 min
CountryRomania, The Netherlands

A touching short documentary. The film encapsulates for posterity the hopeless beauty of an animal market, a soon-to-disappear micro-world from Eastern Europe. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the director Andreea Dumitriu.


A centuries old tradition – animal markets in Romania face an unsure future. The times are changing, industrial agriculture is gradually replacing small-scale farming and the market becomes the scene of the fight for survival of the Romanian traditional farmer. The camera looks around the market in fixed frames, observing farmers in their efforts to sell their animals. The time passes slowly, the buyers are scarce and the cold weather is not helping. People fill up the time with conversations about farming, love, disease and getting old. A film about the last days of a dying culture.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Rock Film Festival, Piatra-Neamt 2017 – Best Documentary | Cronograf International Documentary Film Festival, Chisinau 2017 – Public Award | Lakecity Film Festival, Lagos 2017 | FotoFilm Festival Tijuana, Mexico 2017 | Palace International Film Festival, Poland 2017 | Nederlands Film Festival, 2016

Director’s bio

Andreea Dumitriu (1981, Romania) is a documentary filmmaker who lives and works in Amsterdam. She recently graduated from HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. Personal experiences are a starting point for her films, but her documentaries become poetical observations of a particular state of mind and state of facts. Powerlessness and the individual vs developments in the society are themes that come back in her work.