Starring the two well-known Romanian actresses Luminița Gheorghiu (The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu, Child’s Pose) and Monica Bîrlădeanu (Of Snails and Men), the Matriarch is a Short Romanian experimental film, shown at BIEFF Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival and presented on CINEPUB in partnership with the festival.

The Matriarch by Barna Némethi - CINEPUB

Director: Barna Némethi
Writers: Ovidiu Buta, Alexandru Abagiu, Barna Némethi
Image: George Dăscălescu
Producer: Radu Stancu
Cast: Luminița Gheorghiu, Monica Bîrlădeanu, Aida (Mandarina Models), Tavitha (Mandarina Models), Gilbert
Year: 2013
Category: experimental short film
Duration: 9 minutes
Subtitles: english

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The film explores the grotesque-diva-seen-as-a-sex-predator iconography, in a baroque stylistic key, reminding of the fascinating universe of Erwin Olaf’s photography. Addressing the issue of the voyeur viewer, Barna Némethi juggles in slow-motion with the iconic image of the femme fatale and with the myth of the satyr. In an unsettling and seductive mixture of grotesque and sensuality, the aging diva has to confront self-loathing when facing a younger version of herself. (Andreea Mihalcea, BIEFF 2013)


  • BIEFF Bucharest International Film Festival – Romania 2013
  • Transilvania International Film Festival – Shadow Shorts, Romania 2013
  • Victoria Film Festival, Romania 2013