CLUJ-NAPOCA: The first feature film by Ivana Mladenovic, Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari, will screen in the Romanian Days competition of the 17th Transilvania IFF, running from 25 May to 3 June 2018. This contemporary gay love story set in the poorest neighborhood of Bucharest had its world premiere at the 2017 San Sebastian FF and it was also selected for Toronto Festival’s Discovery section.
The film follows Adi, an anthropologist who moves to the Ferentari neighborhood to work on his PhD thesis on manele music and who starts a relationship with Alberto, a Roma ex-convict with an addiction for gambling.
Based on the autobiographical novel by Adrian Schiop, Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari / Soldații. Poveste din Ferentari, the film was written by Ivana Mladenovic together with Adrian Schiop and stars non-professional actors Adrian Schiop and Vasile Pavel Digudai.
The film was produced by Ada Solomon through Romania’s HiFilm Productions in coproduction with Jelena Mitrovic through Serbia’s Film House Bas Celik and Cassandre Warnauts and Jean Yves Roubin through Belgium’s FRAKAS Productions.
German sales agent Beta Cinema is handling the sales. Micro Film released the film in Romania on 2 February 2018 with 7,082 admissions to date.
The Serbian director Ivana Mladenovic studied film directing at the National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale" in Bucharest. She made her debut as an actress in Radu Jude’s drama Scarred Hearts / Inimi cicatrizate (HiFilm Productions).
Director: Ivana Mladenovic Scriptwriters: Ivana Mladenovic, Adrian Schiop DOP: Luchian Ciobanu Cast: Adrian Schiop, Vasile Pavel Digudai