For over a hundred years, Mărculeşti was a vibrant Jewish agricultural and mercantile community in Bessarabia (now present-day Moldova). In July 1941, the village was the site of an unimaginable atrocity. Seventy-four years later, few speak honestly or completely about what happened.
ABSENT is a cinematic portrait of the ghost village of Mărculeşti, its current inhabitants, and their very complex relationship to their own history. Working entirely on location with a very small crew (and often without electricity), filmmaker Matthew Mishory documents one of Europe's poorest, most remote, and least-visited places. The result is a nuanced, complex, and unforgettable snapshot of a rural Moldovan village grappling with an unspeakable past and facing, in the context of global capitalism, a very uncertain future.
Director & Co-Writer Matthew Mishory Producers Sabin Dorohoi, Edward Singletary, Jr., Randall Walk Co-Writer & Editor Marc Cohen Cinematographer Michael Marius Pessah Sound Borja Sau Razquin Production Iconoclastic Features, Western Transylvania Studios, & Willona Prod Suisse
Festival Selections Astra Film Festival 2015 (World Premiere), Romania Seville European Film Festival 2015, Spain 34º Festival Cinematográfico Internacional Del Uruguay 2016, Uruguay 13° Tartu World Film Festival 2016, Estonia 11° South East European Film Festival of Los Angeles 2016, USA The Festival of Tolerance – The Jewish Film Festival Zagreb 2016, Croatia Burgas International Film Festival 2017, Bulgaria