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La Civil

OT: La Civil

Teodora Ana Mihai // Belgium, Mexico, Romania, 2021
Fiction Feature // FF2021
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Moral courage in a society which lacks a state monopoly on violence: this gripping kidnap thriller from Mexico portrays a mother who sets out to search for her daughter. Cielo’s daughter Laura is kidnapped. Despite the payment of several ransoms, the child is not returned. With no support from the local police, the mother starts following up clues in the swamp of universal suspicion. She meets Lamarque, a member of the military with unconventional methods who is prepared to help her in her quest. But the nearer Cielo gets to her daughter, the deeper she is dragged into the vortex of violence.


TEODORA ANA MIHAI (*1981) is a Romanian director, who first gained public attention through documentaries. La Civil is her debut feature and had its world premiere in the section Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2021.


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La Civil

Fiction Feature



Belgium, Mexico, Romania


145 min

OV with English subtitles

Teodora Ana Mihai

Teodora Ana Mihai, Habacuc Antonio De Rosario

Arcelia Ramirez, Alvaro Guerrero, Ayélen Muzo, Jorge A. Jimenez

Hans Everaert

Marius Panduru

Manuel Danoy, Federico González Jordán, Valérie Le Docte

Alain Dessauvage

Jean-Stephane Garbe

Claudio Ramirez Castelli

Bertha Romero

Arcelia Ramírez, Alvaro Guerrero, Jorge A. Jimenez

Urban Distribution International


One For The Road (Delphine Tomson, Teodora Ana Mihai); Les Films du Fleuve (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne); Mobra Films (Cristian Mungiu, Tudor Reu); Teorema (Michel Franco, Eréndira Núñez Larios)

Irène Cadavid, Urban Distribution International: irene@urbangroup.biz


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