The cargo ship MS Valentina covers 1640 kilometers on its route from Austria to Bulgaria. The River as an „European Road“ is full of opposites and differences.
A film about the day to day life on board the ship of a romanian family.
A film about a natural area which always has been overmolded and destructed in a brute way.
A film that shows europe’s economic and political diremption: From the prosperous industrial locations of the countries in the west to the abandoned industrial areas of the balkan, the ruins of progress.
„A tumble, or maybe more like a steady fall towards the east? Everything undergoes permanent change, yet it rarely or actually never becomes better; because "progress" is but a profane shape of falling“.
The danube is a border made of water within a allegedly unified Europe.
directet by: Melanie Hollaus; with: Ticu Bejan, Valentina Bejan, Alexandru Cacu; based on the ideas of: Tina Mott, Melanie Hollaus; cinematographer: Christoph Lammerhuber; sound design: Sergey Martynyuk; narrator: Katarina Csanyiova; trumpet: Stefan Prager