(short film, 2019)
Co-written with Eli Jude

“People don’t live in cupboards, Maria. It’s not hygienic.” – Mrs Moldovan

After the sale of the family flat, live-in maid Maria finds herself homeless and
stranded. Making the most of a desperate situation, she decides to declare the
broom cupboard, located on the same floor as her former flat, her new home. Her
neighbours however are everything but pleased by this solution. They start to
see the elderly maid as an intrusion into their lives, devaluing their properties,
stealing their doormats, and can’t help but wonder how they could get rid of her.
Inspired by real events.

Produced by Irina Malcea, Luna Film. Supported by Filmreakter, Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte, Cutare Film, 5ToGo, Ana Light & Grip, Harsany Ventures, La Copac, Gargantua Park, Gradina Icoanei, Loca – Guiltfree Cakes & Pastry.

Directed by Larisa Faber
Cinematography by Boroka Biro
Art Direction by Madalina Matei & Marius Stanica
Editing by Letitia Stefanescu
Sound by Dragos Stirbu
Casting by Domnica Circiumaru
With: Coca Bloos, Oana Stefanescu, Anda Caropol, Adrian Titieni & Judith State


“Faber gelingt es, mit If We Smarten Up innerhalb kurzer Zeit mittels geschickter Dramaturgie eine ungeheure Dynamik aufzubauen. Die Story ist stringent, die Dialoge clever durchdacht. Ein gelungenes Debüt (…)”
(“With If We Smarten Up, Faber manages to build a strong dynamic thanks to skilful dramaturgy. The story is compelling, the dialogues cleverly thought through. A strong debut (…)”)
Pol Schock, d’Lëtzebuerger Land (13.03.2020)

project photo © Larisa Faber