Doina (film)

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Directed byNikolas Grasso
Produced byDan Lupu
Screenplay by
Music byGheorghe Zamfir
CinematographyDaniel Serbanica
Edited byDidier Tommasi
Release date
  • 2010 (2010)
Running time
17 minutes

Doina is a 2010 Romanian short musical drama film written & directed by Italian filmmaker Nikolas Grasso, starring Mariana Preda, Maria Dinulescu, Mircea Galis and Carmen Ungureanu.[1][2][3][4] Doina has been awarded by 9 International Film Festivals.


A talented teenager named Doina is training for an important international piano selection, but the piano is not her real passion and soon she has to choose whether to follow the path everyone else has planned for her or seek her own.


The film had its World Premiere at the Monaco International Film Festival on December 2, 2010,[5] and subsequently screened at multiple film festivals around the world, including the Gasparilla Film Festival,[6] one of Tampa Bay's largest independent film festivals, and the Phoenix Film Festival,[7] the largest attended festival in Arizona.


Critical reception[edit]

The selection of Doina by the GIFF [8] was covered by the Tampa Tribune.[9] Film critic Walt Belcher stated "Among the international films is Doina, an award-winning effort by 23-year-old Italian filmmaker Nikolas Grasso. It's about a 16-year-old girl training for a piano competition."[9] James Stanford of The Coast stated, "As an international short, the music is the theme and primary subject for a film that begs you to open your shell and follow the rhythm of your own tune. Rest assured, this had audiences cheering."[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Gabriel Gherasim (Feb 11, 2010). "Cu regizorul Nikolas Grasso despre " Doina "". Observatorul. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  2. ^ Irina Turcanu (October 5, 2011). ""Doina" di Nikolas Grasso" (in Italian). Cultura Romena. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  3. ^ a b James Stanford (June 21, 2011). "An Interview With Nikolas Grasso". The Coast. Archived from the original on January 11, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Gabriel Gherasim (November 3, 2010). ""Romaniana": Români cu care ne mândrim – Interviu cu regizorul Nikolas Grasso din Italia". Clement Media (in Romanian). Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  5. ^ "2010 Angel Film Awards Monaco International Film Festival". Monaco International Film Festival. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "Gasparilla International Film Festival 2011". Gasparilla Film Festival. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  7. ^ "Phoenix Film Festival 2011". Phoenix Film Festival. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
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  10. ^ "The 8th ANGEL FILM AWARDS, 2010 Short Film Winning Categories". Monaco International Film Festival. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  11. ^ "FILMS PRIMÉS PAR CATEGORIES, 2011" (in French). Festival du Cinéma de Paris. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  12. ^ "2011 Award Winners". Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  13. ^ "NFFTY 2011 Award Winners". National Film Festival for Talented Youth. May 2, 2011. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  14. ^ Bartolo Ayroldi. "Fiaticorti 12: Vincitore premio FIATICORTI" (in Italian). Fiaticorti Short Film Festival. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  15. ^ "Award Winners 15° International Film Festival Inventa un Film". Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  16. ^ "I Corti d'Essay acclamano la regina, è "Doina"". Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  17. ^ "Delhi Shorts International Film Festival Winners 2014". Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  18. ^ "Mexico International Film Festival Winners 2016". Retrieved May 28, 2016.

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