Transnistra Sunbathing teenagers in the shadow of the iron curtain
Nothing screams ”summer” to me like a film about teenagers that hang out in a vacuum of nothingness. Endless summer evenings, which are simultaneously carefree play, romantic dramas and big thoughts filled with visions and ambitions. A space between finishing school and the future’s anxiety-inducing choices.
A sort of melancholy for the future. As endless as summer evenings feel, you know very well you’ll never get them back again. You know that they, and that which they represent, will be reserved for others from now on, younger people, who will undergo the same rituals.
A Danish documentary by the Swedish director Anna Erborn, ‘Transnistra’ takes place in the eponymous seceding area between Moldova and Ukraine.
It doesn’t change the story. Apart from the fact that the group of people we follow haven’t yet finished their education, and that they have no job prospects. Instead of dreaming of moving to the big city, they want to get away from Transnistria. Instead of being nervous about life’s next phase in the safe embrace of the welfare society, they are trapped in the empty space between post-communist poverty and the dreams that followed the falling of the wall. This is best illustrated in their play on the half-finished building sites from a booming past.
But the sun shines anyway. And teenagers will be teenagers.
The film is screened unfortunately only From Monday to Wednesday kl. 14.10 at Cafe BiografenLink to the event