Official Selection


by Monica Stan, George Chiper-Lillemark
Romania, 2021, 114', color
Screenplay: Monica Stan
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George Chiper-Lillemark
Delia Oniga

Filip Mureșan
production design
Ana Gabriela Lemnaru
Sonia Constantinescu
Anca Miron 

Ana Dumitrașcu
Vasile Pavel
Cezar Grumăzescu

Marcian Lazăr
Axel Film
with the support of
Romanian Film Centre

When young Daria enters rehab to kick the drug habit her first love left her with, her perceived innocence saves her from the sexual advances of the mostly male junkies inside and gains her their protection. Suddenly thrown into the spotlight and enjoying the attention, Daria soon finds out that special treatment comes at a great price.



Monica Stan and George Chiper-Lillemark
2021 Imaculat

George Chiper-Lillemark
2019 The Man Who Would Be Free
(doc, directed with Mihai Mincan)
2017 The Comet
(short, directed with Mihai Mincan)
2009 The Sandpit #186
(short, directed with Adina Pintilie)
2009 The Palm Lines (short)

"I was 18 when I ended up in rehab and was struck by how good it felt to be inside. In my middle-class environment I was the corrupted one. There among the other junkies I was seen as special. Being an insecure teenager, I was instantly hooked. The image others have of us can seduce us to such an extent that we embrace it as our own identity, until we become painfully aware that it is a dangerous delusion." [Monica Stan]

"Reading Monica's script I felt attracted by the relationship between the continuous chatter and the painfully concrete longing for closeness. To put it other terms, words are creating a deceptive veil of intricate power and gender dynamics in contrast with their lingering bodies, at times abandoned in a warm and all-accepting togetherness." [George Chiper-Lillemark]

Monica Stan has a background in psychology. She has been working as a screenwriter for many years. Imaculat is both a personal story and her debut as a director. George Chiper-Lillemark is a director of photography and director living in Copenhagen. He has handled the cinematography for numerous feature and short films, including Touch Me Not (2018) by Adina Pintilie (Golden Bear at the 2018 Berlinale). He also co-directed the short The Sandpit #186 (2009) with Adina Pintilie. His short The Palm Lines (2009) was screened by Locarno and Rotterdam IFF. 

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