Poppy Field is the debut film of Romanian theatre director Eugen Jebeleanu. The story, written by Ioana Moraru, begins when the policeman’s French boyfriend arrives for a visit. Their rendez-vous is interrupted by his sister, who suspects her brother is going through a “gay phase.” Later that day, he is called to break up a homophobic protest at a theatre, where one of gay cinema-goers recognises him from a past encounter. In real life, ultra-religious protesters stopped a screening of Ivana Mladenovic’s Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari in 2018.
The script was penned by newcomer Ioana Moraru. The DoP is the acclaimed Romanian cinematographer Marius Panduru. The film previously had the working title Inside / Înăuntru.
The film is shot in French and English and produced by Velvet Moraru and Andrei Luca Icon Productions on a budget of 932,000 EUR. The film is supported by the Romanian Film Centre, Publicis Groupe Media Bucharest, Media Investment Communication, Cinema City and the MEDIA Programme – Creative Europe and has all of its funding in place. The producers were in Cottbus seeking sales agents and distributors, and told FNE that most of their one-on-one meetings at connecting cottbus were with Western European companies.
Director: Eugen Jebeleanu
Script: Ioana Moraru
DoP: Marius Panduru
Editor: Cătălin Cristuțiu
Cast: Conrad Mericoffer, Radouan Leflahi, Alexandru Potocean, Alexandru Călin, Rolando Matsangos. Ionuț Niculae, George Piștereanu, Florin Caracala, Cendana Trifan, Denis Hanganu, Valentina Zaharia, Ruxandra Maniu, Lucian Ifrim, Mihaela Sîrbu, Gabriel Răuță