Directed by: Michaela Ronzoni, Oliver Indra, Anthony Jacobson, A/MD, 2014
Runtime: approx. 75 min.
THE GYPSY BARON is a film about settled Romanies in Soroca, a little town in the Republic of Moldova right at the Ukrainian border. The for Romani atypical settledness lead them to an unimaginable wealth and brings astonishing events and encounters to day-light, hard to imagine for central Europeans. Small palaces with golden domes and strange façades, marbled halls and luxury cars in the drive way dominate the street picture. The whole settlement equals a megalomaniac, surreal and colourful Potemkin village.
The cinema documentary THE GYPSY BARON pictures the Romani traditions, their customs and every-day life through the eyes of Artur Cherrari, the reigning Gypsy Baron of Soroca, and the eyes of Vale, who might become Gypsy Baron in future.
THE GYPSY BARONis a co-production from SOMIOL Arts (MD) and Perdrabo Film (AT)
FESTIVALS: Cronograf IDFF Chisinau 2015, European Film Festival Bucharest 2015, EUNIC Mons 2015
DISTRIBUTION: East Silver Market Jilhava IDFF, Docs for Sale IDFA Amsterdam