Canadian premiere

The Chalice. Of Sons and Daughters

A journey into the life of a Roma family, living in a Transylvanian village, the film follows Nina and Peli, a young couple unable to conceive a boy despite their best efforts. Amid medical visits and the everyday of family life, tensions within and between families and the negotiations that surround this difficult selective conception emerge. What is at stake is the Chalice, a symbol of the honor and wealth of Peli’s father’s family that has been passed on to Nina’s family. The couple must conceive a boy, so that Chalice can return to the family of Peli. The anthropologist Catalina Tesar, who has followed this community for nearly a decade, and Dana Bunescu’s over-the-shoulder shots transport us into the drama of the family and everyday life of these endearing characters, eclipsing (at times) the very fact that this is a film.

Directed by

Catalina Tesar, Dana Bunescu

2022 | 1 h 24 min | Tsigane (Rom), Romanian (s.t. English)

Featured selections and awards

Best Documentary Award at ASTRA Film Festival
Werbner Award for Visual Anthropology, Royal Anthropological Institute FF, 2023
Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema 2023

Filmmakers’ countries : Romania
Country of filming: Romania, Italy
Country of production: Romania

Tuesday, May 7

6:30 pm | Cinéma Moderne

5:30 pm Audience welcome
6:30 pm Screening begins

5150 Saint-Laurent Blvd.
Montreal, QC
H2T 1R8

Opening Night