The Seagull

A Film by Alexandru Baciu
and Maria Popistasu


While temporarily hosting her ailing father, Laura finds an injured seagull in the backyard. Their newfound goal to salvage the bird is the perfect excuse to avoid talking about the real issue, the imminence of death.


  • Picture of Alexandru Baciu © Alexandru Baciu

    Alexandru Baciu

    Alexandru Baciu was born in 1977, in Bucharest. In 1999 he graduated from the Bucharest Film Academy as film director. He continued his studies at the University of Bucharest, Communication and PR department, from which he graduated in 2003. As a scriptwriter, Alexandru Baciu worked together with Răzvan Rădulescu and Radu Muntean for Muntean’s The Paper Will Be Blue (Locarno IFF 2006), Boogie (Cannes, Quinzaine des réalisateurs, 2008; Awarded Best Script at Hamptons IFF), Tuesday, After Christmas (Cannes, Un Certain Regard 2010), One
    Floor Below (Cannes, Un Certain Regard 2015; Awarded Best Script at Seville IFF and RiverRun IFF). Muntean's last film, Alice T., with a script by Alex Baciu, Răzvan Răduleascu and Radu Muntean, is now in post-production. He also teamed up with Răzvan Rădulescu for Gruber's Journey and Principles of Life (San Sebastian IFF, 2010). In 2011, Alex Baciu co-directed, along with Radu Muntean, Visiting Room, a documentary produced by HBO Romania. Together with his wife, Maria Popistașu, he co-directed, in 2018, The Seagull, a short based on a script by Maria Popistașu.

  • Picture of Maria Popistasu © Maria Popistasu

    Maria Popistasu

    Maria Popistașu is an academically trained Romanian actress. She worked closely with the National Theater in Bucharest and debuted her international career in 2004, in BBC’s Gunpowder, Treason & Plot, directed by Gillies MacKinnon, which won a FIPA D'or Grand Prize at the Biarritz IFF. She was then cast in the harrowing British miniseries Sex Traffic for Channel Four. For her role as a young Romanian sold into slavery, she received a Gemini Award as “Best Supporting Actress”. Alongside other European titles that premiered in Berlin or Munich IFF, Maria appeared in 2008 in the German production My Mother, My Bride and I and her performance won her the 2009 Adolf-Grimme Preis. She also worked with Romanian directors and was present in Cannes with two of Radu Muntean’s films, Tuesday, After Christmas (Un Certain Regard 2010) and One Floor Below (Un Certain Regard 2015).
    After a break, she comes back as a writer and director of The Seagull, a short film she co-directed with Alexandru Baciu.

Awards + Festivals

  • 17th TRANSILVANIA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Romanian Days Shorts, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)May 25, 2018
  • 15th ANONIMUL INT'L INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania)August 6, 2018
  • 3rd CUZCO UNDERGROUND CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cuzco, Peru)October 3, 2018
  • 28th FILMFESTIVAL COTTBUS (Official Selection, Cottbus, Germany)October 6, 2018
  • 19th KERRY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kerry, Ireland)October 17, 2018
  • EUROPANORAMA 2018 (Official Selection, Oslo, Norway)November 1, 2018
  • 2nd SHORT LONG WORLD FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Corrientes, Argentina)November 8, 2018
  • 16th ZAGREB FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Zagreb, Croatia)November 11, 2018
  • EUROPANORAMA 2018 - PART 2 (Official Selection, Beirut, Lebanon)November 15, 2018
  • 3rd BERLIN LIBERI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)December 15, 2018
  • 3rd BUCHAREST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)December 19, 2018
  • 4th OREGON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wilsonville, OR, USA)February 22, 2019
  • EUROPANORAMA 2019 (Official Selection, Riga, Latvia)February 26, 2019
  • 11th GO SHORT - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL NIJMEGEN (Official Selection, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)April 3, 2019
  • 5th LONGUE VUE SUR LE COURT (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)April 24, 2019


Maria Popistasu & Alexandru Baciu
Maria Popistasu
Maria Popistasu & Alexandru Baciu
Director of Photography
Diana Vidrascu
Dana Bunescu
Andu Radu
Sound Design
Dana Bunescu


Running Time
15:31 min
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio



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Maria Popistasu

Alexandru Baciu