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by Ruxandra Zenide


16-year-old Ryna is the daughter of a poor Rumanian who runs a gas station in a small community on the Donau. Ryna has been brought up as a boy because her father had longed for a son. Zenide’s film is about strong family ties, about a daughter’s search for her mother, and about a despotic father slowly losing his grip, but also about poverty, social suppression and the abuse of power by those who rule under the guise of a false freedom. Ryna shows the awakening of a young girl’s soul and the pain that goes with it. Caught between traditional values and materialistic dreams, Ryna finally pays a high price in order to preserve her identity.

international title: Ryna
original title: Ryna
country: Switzerland, Romania
sales agent: Navarro Films
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Ruxandra Zenide
film run: 90'
screenplay: Marek Epstein, Ruxandra Zenide
cast: Dorotea Petre, Matthieu Rozé
cinematography by: Marius Panduru
film editing: Jean-Paul Cardinaux, Ioachim Stroe
art director: Daniel Raduta
producer: Xavier Ruiz
production: RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, Pacific Film Films SA, Elefant Films(CH), Strada Films (RO)
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