The Valley of The Widows

Time90 min
Genrefeature documentary
CameraJaromír Kačer
ProductionVINȚAFILMS (Katarína Jonisová, Miro Jelok) co-producers: dog 95 film factory (Erik Jasaň), i/o post (Jordi Niubó), Mphilms (Mátyás Prikler), Filmtett (Bálint Zagoni)


There is land destroyed by man. A place with no future where no one would want to return. Apart from one woman who seeks for her place on Earth.


The small Romanian village Geamăna located in the Transylvanian valley has been sinking into toxic sludge for almost 40 years. It’s being buried by the increasing mud from nearby opencast mining. Thousands of tonnes of waste flow into the valley every day. Near to a tailings pond there live only a few widows and one young woman Valerica.

Valerica ran away from her despotic husband and moved into an abandoned house inherited from her father. She has drawn a line behind her past life. In the scenery of a devastated surreal landscape, Valerica tries to live anew and finds her own little paradise.

The film was supported by the Slovakian Audiovisual Fund and Litfond Slovakia. The film is currently in production. The project was presented during pitching at the 30th Febiofest Bratislava and won the FIPADOC Doc Around Europe Award during the 38th Dok.fest Munich.

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