BUCHAREST: Stere Gulea is in preparation with a sequel to Moromeții, 30 years after his first adaptation of the novel by Marin Preda in one of the most acclaimed Romanian movies of all times. Moromeții 2 is produced by Tudor Giurgiu and it will be domestically released by Transilvania Film on 9 November 2018.
The script penned by Gulea, based on the second novel of Moromeții and Preda’s newspaper work, follows the characters from the novel after WWII, when communism is installed in Romania and their whole life changes.
„Moromeții 2 is very challenging because there is on one hand an excellent model – the novel, and on the other the first adaptation which, to my satisfaction, became quite popular. This time the action takes place in more turbulent times, as the new political system brings a lot of concern and anxiety. The world that we knew disappears. This is what propelled me into a sequel, the idea of finishing the odyssey of those characters who survived until the 50s, when the nationalisation took place”, Stere Gulea said in a statement.
The whole cast from the first adaptation was replaced. The sequel will star Horațiu Mălăele (as Ilie Moromete), Dana Dogaru (Catrina Moromete) and the newcomer Iosif Paștina (Niculae). The cast includes popular Romanian actors such as Răzvan Vasilescu, George Mihăiță, Andi Vasluianu, Oana Pellea, Ion Caramitru, Gheorghe Visu, Florin Zamfirescu, Marian Râlea, Paul Ipate, Cuzin Toma, Liviu Pintileasa and Dorina Chiriac.
Tudor Giurgiu is producing through Libra Film Productions. The Romanian Film Centre and Studioul Cinematografic al Ministerului Culturii are supporting.
The preparation stage is quite complex, since the house of the Moromete family has to look exactly as 30 years ago and the center of the village has to be re-built from scratch. The production design team is now led by Cristian Niculescu (Closer to the Moon).
Moromeții 2 will be shot in the same house and the same village as in 1985, in Teleorman county, some 120 km southwest from Bucharest. Shooting will also take place in Bucharest and Slatina, and is due to start in the second half of September 2017. Vivi Drăgan Vasile, one of well-known Romanian cinematographers, will once again lens in his famous black and white style, which made Moromeții unforgetable.
Director: Stere GuleaScriptwriter: Stere GuleaDoP: Vivi Drăgan VasileProduction designer: Cristian NiculescuCostume designer: Dana PăpăruzCast: Horațiu Mălăele, Dana Dogaru, Iosif Paștina, Răzvan Vasilescu, George Mihăiță, Andi Vasluianu, Oana Pellea, Ion Caramitru, Gheorghe Visu, Florin Zamfirescu, Marian Râlea, Paul Ipate, Cuzin Toma, Liviu Pintileasa, Dorina Chiriac