by Mara Trifu
Ambiente | Romania | 2015 | HDV | 18 min.
Date saturday 11 july
It’s said that animals can always sense threat and disaster. In the small Romanian village of Rosia Montana, animals become more and more anxious as strange sounds take over the mountains and forests. We are in the heart of Transylvania, in a place also known by the name of “New Eldorado” - Europe’s richest gold deposit. The powerful Canadian corporation Gabriel Resources is about to create EU’s largest cyanide open-pit gold mine here, in the heart of the Carpathian garden. “When Mountains and Animals Will Speak”, shows in a poetic light the battle of Romanian villagers against the most controversial gold mining project in Europe.
Mara Trifu is a freelance film director from Transylvania, Romania. She graduated from the National University of Drama and Film “I. L. Caragiale” Bucharest in 2011. In 2013 she joined the Directing Documentary MA course at the NFTS UK. Her short films “The Japanese Quince Tree” and “You Can’t Hide Love from Gypsies” have been screened at festivals like: Cannes Film Festival – Semaine de la Critique non-competition, IDFA Reflecting Images - Panorama, Transylvania International Film Festival, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Byron Bay International Short Film Festival Australia, Circuito Off Film Festival Venice, Big Apple International Film Festival New York, Documentarist IFF Istanbul, Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, Parnu IFF, Krakow IFF and Los Angeles IFF. “The Japanese Quince Tree” was awarded the Grand Jury Award at Timishort IFF, Romania 2013 and The Best Director Award at Cronograf IFF, Moldova 2013. She participated to numerous international film workshops, like Sarajevo Talent Campus, Istanbul Express, Aristoteles Workshop, Berlinale Talent Campus, Docstories Black Sea and Docs in Thessaloniki.