The Bucharest Delta, or Văcăreşti Nature Park, is having something of a documentary moment this year. Since its Sundance Film Festival premiere, Radu Ciorniciuc’s Delta-based film Acasa, My Home has traveled the international film festival circuit, racking up accolades along the way. It also headlined the 19th Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) centrepiece programme, «Romanian Days» earlier this month, but was not the only film at the festival to focus on this vast expanse of wilderness. Also on the TIFF slate was the existentially minded The Delta of Bucharest.
From Director Eva Pervolovici, The Delta of Bucharest spans decades, drawing a line from the area’s area’s dark communist-era history to its current status as protected land, with years of decaying abandonment in between. The history of this place is one of two eras in one city, the ever complex Romanian capital of Bucharest.
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