The River Behind

by Lucia Lupu

Moldova  |  2019  |  In development


One day, 800.000 people from Chișinău and nearby regions felt a strong smell of feces in the air. Sergiu Postica, a wedding entrepreneur, starts a quest to find the source of this suffocating perfume. It didn’t take him too long to find the wastewater treatment plant that’s throwing tons of chemicals into the river next to his house. The film will follow Sergiu’s war against ignorance and corruption, reviving the Moldovan’s long forgotten spirit of social responsibility.


Lucia Lupu is a director and film producer from Moldova. In 2016 she debuted with the short fiction film “Paparuda”, which was awarded at various festivals in the region. In 2018 she also worked as an executive producer and clean-up artist in the animation project “OF”. Her first documentary, “Lost in Time”, is about the physical condition of the Moldovan movies shot on 16 and 35mm film. Currently, she is a producer and director at the Volt Cinematography production company, where she produces and directs music videos, documentaries and other media products.


  • Pitch@MOLDOX – B2B Doc Award & EDN Award (2019)
  • B2B Doc Talent Showcase at IDFA (2019)
  • B2B Doc Story Development Workshop at Listapad IFF, Minsk (2019)