We find ourselves in 1973, somewhere near Brașov in Romania, in a family that comprises Germans, people from the Oltenia region, from Transylvania, and from Bucharest. Sometime before the First World War, the great-grandparents left for work in America; now their descendants have to emigrate to a Germany (the FRG) that became a Promised Land for those remaining in Communist Romania.
If the scene set is of an ethnic melting pot, the spotlight that underlines the foreground belongs to a young boy, whose monologue (interspersed with numerous dialogues of the adults) carves out destinies, physiognomies, beliefs and attitudes with a soul-binding comprehension, admirably unfolded on the page. It captures, filters, analyses and diagnoses in the name of the fascination exerted by the „language of understanding.”
This project has been funded with support from the Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission.