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Alexander Nanau
RO 2014    65' 93'
⚬ Human Interest ⚬ Society 


Following his Emmy award-winning observational documentary THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ION B., Alexander Nanau brings us the astonishing family story of Toto (10), and his sisters, Ana (17) and Andreea (15). During their mother’s imprisonment, Toto passionately learns dancing, reading and writing, while his sisters try to keep the family together in a world that has long forgotten what the innocence of childhood should be. What happens when we discover that we can get more from life than our parents have to offer?




Alexander Nanau


Valeriu Nicolae, Catalin Mitulescu, Alexander Nanau, Marcian Lazar, Hanka Kastelicova (HBO)

Executive Producers

Bianca Oana, Carmen Harabagiu, Antony Root

Production Companies

Strada Film, HBO Europe

Co-Production Company

Alexander Nanau Production


Alexander Nanau


Alexander Nanau, George Cragg, Mircea Olteanu


Matthias Lempert, Florian Ardelean


Best International Documentary

Zurich Film Festival 2014

Best Documentary

Warsaw Film Festival 2014

Silver Eye Award

East Silver Market, Jihlava 2014

Audience Award

Festival dei Popoli 2014

Honorable Mention Int. Competition

Dok Leipzig 2014

Prize of Ecumenical Jury

Dok Leipzig 2014

Prize of the Trade Union ver.di

Dok Leipzig 2014

Grand Prix

Premiers Plans Festival 2015

Objectif d'Or

Millenium International Film Festival 2015

Best Documentary

Gopo Award 2015

Grand Prize 

Festival International du Film des Droits de l'Homme 2015

Prize from inmate jury of Fleury Merogis prison

Festival International du Film des Droits de l'Homme 2015

Prize from high school students jury

Festival International du Film des Droits de l'Homme 2015


Dok.fest München 2015

Grand Jury Award

Open City Documentary Festival 2015

Audience Award

Festival des Etoiles de Najac 2015

Heart of Sarajevo Award

Sarajevo Film Festival 2015

Best Documentary

Vukovar Film Festival 2015

Special Jury Mention

Camden IFF 2015

Silver Nanuk for Discovery of New Subjects and New Heroes

Flahertiana IDFF 2015

Hotel Tiéti Award, Jury Special Award for the International Competition

Ânûû-rû Âboro Festival 2015


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San Sebastian 2014

Zürich IFF 2014

Dok Leipzig 2014

Warsaw FF 2014

Stockholm IFF 2014

Festival de Popoli 2014

Festival Premiers Plans 2015

Tribeca FF 2015

Hot Docs 2015

Moscow IFF 2015

Yamagata IDF 2015


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Film Details

Runtime 65' 93'
Spoken Languages Romanian
Production Countries Romania


Alexander Nanau: German film director born in Romania, he studied directing at the Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). His documentary film, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ION B was awarded in 2010 an International Emmy Award for Arts Programming. The film traveled in over 50 festivals worldwide. Nanau’s first feature documentary, PETER ZADEK INSZENIERT PEER GYNT (2006) was released in cinemas across Germany and Austria in 2006. His 2019 documentary COLLECTIVE was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature Film.

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