Family ties.

A Romanian short film directed by the young actress and director Sînziana Nicola. The film tells the complicated story of the relationship between a young woman and her brother, a relationship captured, in its very essence, in one screenshot.

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Director: Sînziana Nicola
Scriptwriters: Sînziana Nicola
Cast: Cristina Găvruș, Alexandru Potocean
Produced by: Sînziana Nicola
Cinematography by: Andrei Ioniță
Editing by: Alexandru Radu
Category: short film
Genre: drama
Year: 2013
Duration: 13 minutes
Subtitles: English

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Alex and his sister find out that a close relative is on the death bed. Even if they don’t get along, they have to share the small space of a car to go to the hospital. The road seems endless and they realize that, for once, they share the same difficulty.

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Cristina Găvruș and Alexandru Potocean are in a closed space (a car), the camera is permanently close to them (medium shot) studying their every reaction while their acting support the emotional charge of the situation. The relationship between the two brothers is obviously altered and any dialogue attempt (no matter how ordinary the topic) can generate a conflict.

Even if there are moments when the conflict seems likely to be avoided, the seemingly calm dialogue hides smothering differences. „Sunday” is one of those moving short films that elicit the audience’s empathy.

The topic and its realization make the short film worth watching in the Romanian short films online list of


„Well, I initially thought this guy was the cab driver.”
„Don’t smoke in the car!”


  • Victoria Film Festival – Canada, 2013
  • NexT International Film Festival – Romania, 2014


  • Norman Award, Best Short Film, Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Germany, 2014

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