Alina Manolache is a Romanian filmmaker. Her practice stands at the intersection between documentary cinema and education. Featured by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the best female directors of IDFA 2020, Manolache signed several acclaimed short films and one feature-length documentary (Lost Kids on the Beach, 2020), as well as commissioned web docs for VICE and The Guardian. She was an artist-in-residence in Paris, has served on international juries (CPH:DOX, Mons, etc.) and has given workshops and mentorship to aspiring filmmakers around the world (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Kunst Hochschule Kassel, etc.) Currently, she is a visiting lecturer at Hochschule Design & Kunst Luzern and working on her sophomore documentary.
Alina Manolache’s films investigate collectives and shared experiences, aiming to make visible what happens when individuals breathe the same air. Her award-winning works explore themes like post-communist youth (Lost Kids on the Beach – IDFA, CPH:DOX 2021), space exploration during Covid (2020: A Covid Space Odyssey – The Guardian 2020), coming-of-age in rural areas (End of Summer – Visions du Reel 2016), or life of workers in contemporary art museums (Your Visit Starts Here – Centre Pompidou 2015). More recently, she looks at science-related topics, with a specific interest in how artificial entities see the human world (I AM HERE – Jihlava, 2020, 3 Dialogues About the Future – Kasseler Dokfest 2022).