Alina Șerban

Writer-director

Romania

Alina Șerban is the winner of Best Actress Award at the German Actors Guild Awards 2020 for her leading role in “Gipsy Queen”, a nominee for Best Actress at the German Film Awards 2020 and the representative of Romania at The Cannes International Film Festival 2018 for her leading role in “Alone at My Wedding”.
The first one in her family to graduate high-school, she succeeded to graduate the Tisch School of the Arts in New York and obtained a master’s from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, becoming an award-winning actress and the first Roma woman theatre and film director of Romania.
In 2020, Alina Serban made her debut as a filmmaker with the short film “Letter of Forgiveness”, the first film about the Roma slavery written and directed from a Roma perspective. She is currently working on her second short, “I matter” (premiere planned for Spring 2021), that she is developing into a feature.

Photo by Cornel Brad

Project

I matter

Rebeca, a young Roma orphan, lives in the social care system along with other young people. She makes efforts to prepare on her own and is admitted at the best acting school of Romania. While life in the system is full of hardships and rigid rules, she has Simona, her one friend.
She meets Nicu, a young Roma boy who she starts to fall in love with. While she is fascinated by the acting classes, she also witnesses the huge differences between her and her privileged classmates. She tries to fit in, hiding both from Nicu and her classmates her living conditions and that she is a Roma.
More tension builds up as her acting teacher announces their first examination, ‘I, at home, I, in my room’, where the students are asked to bring personal belongings, with the aim of showing themselves in
in front of others.
As Rebeca doesn’t have any personal items to bring, she is threatened by the social care inspectors to be thrown out of the system if she does not pass her exam and keep her state funded scholarship.