Meet the director for Q&A following the screening on Nov 14th.
Teodora Ana Mihai
Belgium, Romania, Mexico
Arcelia Ramírez, Alvaro Guerrero, Jorge A. Jimenez
Hans Everaert, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Cristian Mungiu, Michel Franco
Udi - Urban Distribution International
The drug cartels of Mexico have served as the backdrop for many action blockbusters, but none of them is quite like ‘La Civil’. Because here a middle-aged housewife serves as the involuntary main character. Cielo’s daughter is kidnapped in the very first scene. No one is to be trusted, so Cielo is forced to infiltrate the city’s underworld with only one objective in mind: getting her daughter back. Director Teodora Ana Mihai’s background as a documentarist is unmistakable in this, her first feature film, where every intense moment is somehow embedded in the painful reality while the labyrinthic plot moves freely from an intense thriller that knows how to take its time, to pure, explosive action.
Teodora Mihai (1981) is a Belgian-Romanian documentary filmmaker and scriptwriter. She was born in Bucharest, Romania. Mihai studied film at the Sarah Lawrence College in Upstate New York and worked as script supervisor, assistant director, and TV maker. ‘La Civil’ is Mihai’s first feature fiction film.