* Margaret Mead Film Festival
* Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival - SIEFF 2010
* Documentarist
* Transylvania International Film Festival
* Documenta Madrid
* Tempo Documentary Festival
* ZagrebDOX
* Trieste FF
* Astra FF
* Festival des Films du Monde
* DocsDF
* Corona Cork Film Festival

* Second Prize of the Jury - Documenta Madrid

My Beautiful Dacia

Category |Economy, History, Human Interest, Politics, Social Issues
Year | 2009
Country | Romania
Running time | 75’ - 52’
Format | HD to 35mm
Production | The Thinklab Media, Hi Film (Romania)
Director | Stefan Constantinescu, Julio Soto

My Beautiful Dacia is an extravagant journey from Communism to Capitalism, seen from the perspective of one of Romania's most emblematic symbols, the Dacia automobile. In our film, we will follow different generations of Romanians - from those nostalgic of a better past, to the young entrepreneurs - showing the present transformation of Romanian society. The connecting point between the different stories is always the Dacia car: first, a symbol of the ambitions of Communist technology and now a reflection of the new global economy. In 1999, Dacia was bought by Renault and nowadays it’s a best-selling car in developing markets.

The first Dacia car came out the Romanian factories of Pitesti in 1968, during the Ceaucescu era. In essence, Dacia was the realization of a dream: modernize Romania and make it totally self-sufficient and independent from foreign hands. In reality, Dacia’s dream was never fulfilled and Romania in the meantime was becoming one of Europe’s poorest countries. With the collapse of the Ceaucescu regime, the dreams that fed many generations of Romanians quickly dissipated. By the end of the 90’s, Dacia was dying, as an old & obsolete relic, spiraling down along with the rest of Romanian industry and mortally wounded by the imports of Western cars. But she survived.

Already in the XXI century and with a foot inside the EU, Dacia’s grandson makes its entrance into a market addicted to petrol and a consumer obsessed with flashy cars: the Dacia Logan (the first model designed under Renault’s umbrella) is born. Will this new model survive into this Darwinian global market, where Italian, Chinese and Indian manufacturers are threatening to manufacture cheaper cars than the Romanian?