What a Wonderful World / Ce Lume Minunata

After two years spent as a student in Boston, a 22-year-old visits his native Moldova. It is April 2009. People gather in the streets of Chisinau, the call having spread through social networking sites. They are demonstrating against the communist authorities who falsified the election results. They seize and plunder the parliament and presidential buildings. The demonstrators carry away documents, furniture and office equipment. Our protagonist is coming from a friend's home carrying his own computer monitor. He is mistaken for a demonstrator, brutally beaten up by the police and taken to the police station. His interrogator is an experienced major. The authorities can do anything. Based on real events, the film asks questions about freedom, justice and the price of human life.

  • Anatol Durbala
  • Sergiu Cumatrenco Jr.
  • Igor Babiac
    Key Cast
  • Igor Caras-Romanov
    Key Cast
  • Ivan Grincenco - DOP
  • Roman Bordei - Sound
  • Elena Proca-David - scenography
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Ce Lume Minunată
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 12 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 3, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    Moldova, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Moldova, Republic of
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, ProRes, DCP
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • In 1-2 competition - Warsaw Film Festival - WINNER - FIPRESCI PRIZE
    Warsaw, MULTIKINO 4
    October 11, 2014
  • Crossing Europe Film Festival - WINNER - Audience Award
    Linz, Austria
    April 25, 2015
    Austrian Premiere
    Audience Award - Best Film Fiction
  • Festival des Cinemas du Sud Este Européen a Paris - WINNER - Best Scenario
    April 15, 2015
    French Premiere
    Best Scenario
  • Festival des südosteuropäischen Films "SOE in Berlin" - WINNER - Best Film
    Berlin, Germany
    July 10, 2015
    Premiere in Germany
    Best FILM
  • Massachusetts Independent Film Festival - WINNER - Best Foreign Film
    Boston, USA
    August 26, 2015
    North American Premiere
    Best Foreign Film
  • Massachusetts Independent Film Festival - WINNER - Best Direction
    Boston, USA
    August 26, 2015
    North American Premiere
    Best Direction
  • Massachusetts Independent Film Festival - WINNER - Best Writing
    Boston, USA
    August 26, 2015
    North American Premiere
    Best Writing
  • World Premiere - ODEON Theater
    Cinema Odeon, Chisinau, Moldova
    April 4, 2014
    World Premiere
  • Special Screening - TIFF
    Casa TIFF, Cluj, Romania
    June 4, 2014
    Romanian Premiere
  • In comeptition - SCDFF
    Sir Charlie Darwin Film Festival, London, UK
    September 8, 2014
    United Kingdom Premiere
  • Special Screening - B3F
    Balkan Film Food Festival, Pogradec City
    September 5, 2014
    Albanian Premiere
Director Biography - Anatol Durbala

Moldovan actor, editor and director. Born in 1970. He is a graduate of the MHAT (Moscow Art Theatre) school's theatre and film acting course and has taken editing courses in New York. He is a well-known TV showman and has a PhD from the Visual Arts Faculty of the Academy of Arts in Chisinau. He has starred in many international productions. Has written 2 feature screenplays. 'What a Wonderful World' (CE LUME MINUNATA) is his feature debut.

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Director Statement

We want to live and think freely, we want justice, truth and we fight for these

values, but in most cases the result is reversed. The power of money increasingly

takes possession on what it means to be human. In Egypt or Greece, in

Libya or Moldova, the crowd of ones wants something else than the crowd

of others. And in the way of these desires, there is no place for Love or God.

How much cost a life of a human being? Only one, small and unimportant? Of

course, almost anything, compared with the price of oil, gas or a president chair.

Today, in full XXI century, in Central of Europe a young person is killed and

thrown on the roadside: without guilt, without trial, without even knowing what

exactly he is accused of. Why? ...

It is a question which, probably, will never have an answer, but we have to ask


At least with this film.