"Must-see! A sublime expression of both a country and a mentality." -- Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa
"Fascinating. A film about the difficulty, the impossibility, of language when the subject is unspeakable." -- Michael Silverblatt, KCRW.
"Brilliant! A meaningful document of denial." -- Arnold Schwartzman (Academy Award Winner, GENOCIDE)
One of the Top Ten Films of 2015 -- Cine Maldito
For over a hundred years, Mărculeşti was a vibrant Jewish agricultural and mercantile community in Bessarabia (now present-day Moldova). In July 1941, the village was the site of an unimaginable atrocity. Seventy-three years later, few speak clearly or honestly about what happened. ABSENT is a cinematic portrait of the ghost village of Mărculeşti, its current inhabitants, and their very complex relationship to their own history. Working entirely on location, filmmaker Matthew Mishory documents one of Europe's poorest, most remote, and least-visited places.
Written and Directed by Matthew Mishory. Sabin Dorohoi, Edward Singletary, Jr., and Randall Walk, Producers. Michael Marius Pessah, Cinematographer. Marc Cohen, Co-Writer and Editor. Borja Sau Razquin, Sound. Trailer Music, Gilead Mishory. An Iconoclastic Features Motion Picture, in association with Western Transylvania Studios and Willona Prod Suisse. A US-Romanian-Swiss Co-Production. Premiering in 2015.