3 November - 09:30 - Théâtre du cuivre

La Civil

Teodora Ana Mihai

Mexico/Belgium/Romania | V.O. Spanish | ST French | 2022 | 145 min | DCP | color | Fiction | Canadian Premiere

When her teenage daughter, Laura, is kidnapped in Northern Mexico and the officials offer no support, Cielo takes matters into her own hands and transforms from housewife into vengeful militant. Featuring a riveting performance from veteran Mexican actress Arcelia Ramirez (Like Water For Chocolate).

Director Teodora Ana Mihai
Cinematographer Marius Panduru
Screenplay Habacuc Antonio De Rosario, Teodora Ana Mihai
Cast Arcelia Ramírez, Álvaro Guerrero, Ayelén Muzo, Jorge A. Jimenez
Production Hans Everaert


Teodora Ana Mihai

Teodora Ana Mihai was born in Bucharest, under Ceausescu’s regime. In 1989 she joined her parents who had fled to Belgium the year before. She discovered her love for cinema as a high school student in San Francisco, California and went on to study film at Sarah Lawrence College, in upstate New York. Upon returning to Belgium, she started working in the industry as a script supervisor and assistant director. However, after several years on diverse film sets, Teodora decided to dedicate herself to her own film projects. After directing her debut documentary Waiting for August, awarded with over 10 international prizes (amongst which Best Feature Documentary at Karlovy Vary IFF and Hot Docs) and later on nominated for the European Film Awards, Teodora recently directed her first fiction feature, La Civil. For La Civil’s screenplay, located in Mexico, she collaborated with award-winning Mexican novelist Habacuc Antonio De Rosario as part of Torino Film Lab’s ScriptLab program. Teodora was also selected to participate with this project at the Cinéfondation Residence, for the 2017-2018 winter session. Teodora’s films take on the challenge of striking a balance between social relevance and audiovisual poetry.