OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Synopsis

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK chronicles one year in the life of Albin and his family of shepherds in the North of Transylvania. In direct cinema style, this documentary follows their day to day routines, and their struggle to adapt to a new world where traditions are gradually replaced by modern values. Since joining the EU, Romania has been facing, like several other Eastern European countries, the pressure of modern values, introducing in farmer’s lives the cruel notion of competition, the temptation of migrating to the higher salaries abroad, and the marginalisation of locally produced food against industrial products.

Technical Information

2011; Ireland, Romania; Documentary, Creative; 87 minutes; TV-Version: 52 minutes; 35mm; 1:1.85; Dolby SRD; Original Language: Romanian; Subtitles: English

DIRECTOR

Dieter Auner

WRITER

Dieter Auner

D.O.P.

Nora Agapi

EDITOR

Roxana Malaroiu, Alexandru Radu, Catalin Cristutiu

MUSIC

Eugen Aloisiu Nucu Pandrea

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Ikandi Productions & Mobra Films

PRODUCER

Siún Ní Raghallaigh, Cristian Mungiu, Dieter Auner

CAMERA

Dieter Auner, Alex Brendea

DIETER AUNER

Dieter Auner was born in 1970 in Transylvania, Romania. He has worked as a photographer on Irish and international productions, camera operator and editor on short films before making his directorial debut with “Leaving Transylvania”, a powerful 52 minute documentary. This film is an intimate portrait about his minority, the Transylvanian Saxons, and their exodus from Romania. Dieter lives and works in Galway, Ireland. “Off The Beaten Track”, his second feature documentary, reveals another important humane theme based in his ´lost´ homeland and deals with humane values in a modernizing shepherd community.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2000 The Doorway

 

Feature Documentary

2006 Leaving Transylvania

2004 Patrick

 

Short

2006 Mebollix

2015

CINEAST – FESTIVAL DU FILM D’EUROPE CENTRALE ET ORIENTALE AU LUXEMBOURG

Oct 08 – 25

GREEN IMAGE FILM FESTIVAL TOKYO

Mar 27 – 29 (in competition)

2014

INNSBRUCK NATURE FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 21 – 24

2013

EU FILM FESTIVAL ONLINE IN CHINA

Dec 01 – Feb 28

MILLENIUM INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

May 31 – Jun 09

2012

ANTHROPOLOGICAL FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 27 – 30

SAO PAULO INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 19 – Nov 02

RIVIERA MAYA FILM FESTIVAL

Mar 20 – 25

2011

IRAN INT. DOC. FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 08 – 11

SEVILLE EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL

Nov 04 – 11 (in competition)

 

ASTRA FILM FESTIVAL

Special Award

Oct 30

MÜNSTER FILM FESTIVAL

Oct 13 – 16

FILMFEST EBERSWALDE

Oct 01 – 08 (in competition)

FILM FESTIVAL DELLA LESSINIA

Aug 20 – 28 (in competition)

EDINBURGH INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Jun 15 – 26

DOK.FEST MUNICH

May 04 – 11

CROSSING EUROPE FILM FESTIVAL

Apr 12 – 17

BELFAST FILM FESTIVAL

Mar 31 – Apr 14 (in competition)

JAMESON DUBLIN INT. FILM FESTIVAL

Feb 17 – 27

INT. FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM

Jan 26 – Feb 06

2010

GALWAY FILM FLEADH

Jul 09 – 14

TRANSILVANIA INT. FILM FESTIVAL

May 28 – Jun 06

Télérama

If this documentary is worth seeing, it’s less for the emergence of modernity than for the director’s ability to show a traditional way of life. Freed from the usual clichés, the film becomes a fiction, wonderfully composed

Nicolas Didier

La Croix

Warning: a big crush for this amazing documentary that captures a subtle shift between two worlds! One of these little treasures quietly slipped into the stream of weekly releases. It would be a shame to ignore it. The images, sublime but never “made”, are part of the strange disorder that captures the viewer.

Arnaud Schwartz

StudioCiné Live

This portrait of a changing world goes beyond the scope of rurality to go on the political field of globalization, viewed through the prism of a country often stigmatized.

Les Fiches du Cinema

Dieter Auner signs a beautiful ode to the earth and to the men who love her, and he pays tribute to a world rustic and rough, noble and rude which is disappearing.

Nathalie Zimra

TéléCinéObs

Dieter Auner signs an economical-ecological documentary and places the individual at the heart of broad themes such as immigration and land policies in the European Union

Xavier Leherpeur