64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

One night, Camil wakes up without a penis. The nightmare continues when his partner also disappears after meeting a former lover. Camil sets out to find her and, wearing female clothes, joins a secret community dedicated to fertility, somewhere near a lake. And what he finds there will prove even more disturbing than his recent misadventures… Masculinity and gender roles are always at stake in Mammalia, and always in crisis. Shot on vivid 16mm, the film privileges fixed shots with movements within the frame, and the use of space is always very expressive. Whereas Its weird humor is reminiscent of Roy Andersson, it reminds us that Romania has its own tradition, that of Eugen Ionescu and The Theatre of the Absurd.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF64.

Direction: Sebastian Mihăilescu
Script: Andrei Epure, Sebastian Mihăilescu
Cinematography: Barbu Balasoiu
Editing: Catalin Cristutiu
Sound: Dragos Dan Catarau, Maciej Pawlowski, Alin Zabrauteanu
Music: Piotr Kurek
Actors: István Téglás, Mãlina Manovici, Denisa Nicolae, Steliana Balacianu, Rolando Matsangos
Producers: Ada Solomon, Diana Paroiu
Co-producers: Nina Frese, Ewa Puszczyńska
Costumes: Malgorzata Trzaskowska
Production Design: Anca Lazar
Sets: Gabriel Bucur, Cristian Gherman, Cosmin Istodor, Bogdan Miron, Sebastian Oancea, Adrian Paraschiv, Nicu Preda, Marian Pîrvu, Daniel Stroescu
Make Up: Katrin Paas
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Romania, Poland, Germany
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 88'
Contact: Lights On

Sebastian Mihăilescu

Having studied computer science in the past, Sebastian Mihăilescu is a writer, director, and producer from Romania. To further his interests in film directing, he went to the University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest. Mammalia (2023) is his debut feature film and has its Wolrd Premiere at Berlinale Forum. His feature-length documentary, You are Caucescu to Me (2021), won Best Film from Central and Eastern Europe and Best Cinematography at Ji.hlava IFF, the DocLisboa Festival's New Talent Award, and the Transilvania IFF's What's Up Doc Competition. His short film, Old, Luxurious Flat Located in an Ultra-Central, Desirable Neighborhood (2016), premiered in the Pardi di Domani Competition at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2016. Along with directing documentaries and features, Sebastian also helms commercials.


2012 Titza (short) 
2016 World Heritage (short) 
2016 Old, Luxurious Flat Located in an Ultra-Central, Desirable Neighborhood(short) 
2017 In no uncertain terms (short) 
2021 Pentru mine tu esti Ceausescu (doc)
2023 Mammalia