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La Civil

La Civil

Teodora Ana Mihai

Belgium, Romania, Mexico | 2021 | Genre: Drama | first feature film | running time: 140’

festivals & awards

Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2021 / Courage Prize


La Civil tells the story of Cielo, a mother in search of her daughter, abducted by a criminal cartel in Northern Mexico. As the authorities fail to offer support in the search, Cielo takes matters into her own hands and turns from housewife into avenging activist. The story was inspired by true events.
Despite making progress in her own investigation and – in the process – helping other victims, Cielo is unable to reunite with her daughter; her relentless search however, puts her in the crosshairs of cartel members and dubious officials alike.


La Civil
original title

La Civil




Belgium, Romania, Mexico

running time


produced by

Menuetto (Belgium)

in co-production with

One For The Road (Belgium)
Les Films du Fleuve (Belgium)
Mobra Films (Romania)
Teorema (Mexico)

directed by

Teodora Ana Mihai

written by

Habacuc Antonio De Rosario


Urban Distribution

A mother in search of her missing daughter.
TFL Programmes

ScriptLab original 2017

Teodora Ana Mihai

Scriptwriter, Film Director

Habacuc Antonio De Rosario

Writer, Scriptwriter