”CLARA” will be a feature film about the conflict between the need for money and a woman’s duty as a mother. This short video presentation was created especially for co-producers, sponsors and financial partners to present the story of “CLARA” in a visual way.


Way of the Danube (short film about Romanian migration)

The Birthday Boy (short film about Romanian migration)

“Clara” continues the story of two short films about Romanian woman migration. Those two films act as production trailers and examples as they present the general look, mood, locations and even cast of the future film “Clara”. Both short films can be watched by clicking the two links above. The first short film - “Way of the Danube” has more than 20 worldwide awards and nominations, including an OSCAR qualifying film festival and a unique screening during Eurovision Song Contest for 180 million TV viewers around the Planet. It presents the Romanian locations on the Danube and the general look of the future film “Clara” . The second short film, “The Birthday Boy” presents the location of Clara’s house in Romania and the actress who will actually play Clara in the feature film presented in this page. 


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Sabin Dorohoi is a film director & producer from the western part of the famous Transylvania Region (Romania). In 2013 he founded WTS - Western Transylvania Studios, to provide full production services for international projects from Western Europe or US. He produced acclaimed short films and documentaries, selected and awarded in film festivals around the world: Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Geneva, Montpellier, Capalbio, Reykjavik, Chicago, Geneva, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Vilnius, San Francisco, Regensburg or Mexico.

“At the age of ten I witnessed my uncle and aunt’s migration from Romania to Germany. They were like older siblings to me and meant the world for me! Of course their departure came as a shock. I am actually Ionut, the young boy from the film and Clara is my aunt, who I feel very fond of even today. This is a very personal story.

After my graduation I started documenting the migration of Romanian women who work as live-in nurses in western EU. After studies, 2 short films and several documentaries, it came as a natural decision to approach this topic for my first feature film.

The artistic beauty of the story is that the Danube river metaphorically connects the boy and his mother, Romania and Germany, east and west. The same way I felt connected to  my uncle and my aunt after they left. This film is much more than an immigrant’s story. “Clara” is a personal drama of a woman who is also a mother and a daughter.

The movie will be shot in winter, with a shallow depth of field, long shots and mostly close-ups. There will be a lot of contrast and de-saturated colors. The overall monochromatic style will be amplified by the set design and costumes. The story is a neo-realistic social drama, so the cinematography will mix hand held, body-cam and Steadicam. 

Whether it is the beautiful scenery from the Danube’s Gorges or the geometric architecture of the German city, locations will play an important role in the landscape of the film. 

The sounds will be as naturalistic and clean as the cinematography. There will be scenes dominated by silence. The sounds of nature and the roar of winter will enhance the character’s feelings.

CLARA is a story of strong emotions that will confront the viewers with a painful dilemma: if I were in her shoes, what would I do?  What would I choose, the money or the family? “

Find out more about the director at his official portfolio website


Very important note for our sponsors and financial partners: the total duration of the entire film circuit from the moment of financing to festivals circuit and public release could be around 3 years as it follows: Fundraising in place by 2019-2020 | Final script by 2020 | Filming in 2020-2021 | Post-Production in 2021 | DCP available in 2021 | Festivals run - 2021-2022 | Public release in cinema (domestic and international): TBD.


Sabin Dorohoi – producer | sabindorohoi[at]