DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Cabbage, Potatoes and Other Demons

Cabbage, Potatoes and Other Demons

In the small town of Lunguleţu in Southern Romania there are around 1,000 farmers who own the same number of tractors and produce 100,000 tons of cabbage and potatoes per year. Every one of these thousand farmers will then stand on the local market square in summer after the potato harvest and in late autumn after the cabbage harvest, sacks of cabbage and potatoes piled up in huge pyramids as far as the eye can see. Any attempt to make a profit by selling the produce is, of course, in vain in view of this absurd overproduction. The diligent farmers underbid each other until they end up either losing money or ploughing the harvest under right away.

When director Şerban Georgescu buys a ton of white cabbage for his mother for 20 Euros here, he begins to wonder and decides to spend a year in Lunguleţu and cultivate cabbage and potatoes himself. He investigates why the farmers voluntarily enter this economic dead end. Even though the mayor and a few villagers have some good ideas for finding a way out of this misery, a common solution is not in sight. The suspicion among them sits deep and the fear of any kind of cooperative is great – the memories of expropriation under Ceauşescu are still too fresh, potential success by competition seems too tempting, even if they are threatened by bankruptcy every day.

Lina Dinkla
Original Title: Varză, cartofi și alți demoni
Country: Romania, Germany
Year: 2016
Language: Romanian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 62 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Șerban Georgescu
Producer: Alex Iordăchescu, Șerban Georgescu, Heino Deckert
Cinematographer: Bogdan Slăvescu
Editor: Șerban Georgescu
Music: Vlad Blîndu
Sound: Alex Iosub
Script: Șerban Georgescu

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