The script penned by newcomer Ioana Moraru follows a day in the life of a Romanian constable who, while receiving the visit of a man with whom he has a long distance relationship, has to intervene together with his colleagues in a cinema theater, where protesters have interupted the screening of a queer film. In real life, ultra-religious protesters turned off a screening of Ivana Mladenovic’s Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari in 2018.
„I wish that my film would be a manifesto about love and decisions. Exposing stories like this one through cinematic fiction is for me an artistic gesture which is important for promoting diversity in art”, Jebeleanu said in a statement.
The main characters are played by: Conrad Mericoffer, Radouan Leflahi, Alexandru Potocean, Alexandru Călin and Rolando Matsangos. The film was shot from 11 February to 10 March 2019.
Velvet Moraru is producing through ICON production. The project is supported by the Romanian Film Centre, Publicis Groupe Media Bucharest, Media Investment Communication, Cinema City and the MEDIA Programme – Creative Europe. The budget is 930,000 EUR, producer Velvet Moraru told FNE.
The acclaimed Romanian DoP Marius Panduru, known for his collaboration on Radu Jude’s films including for Aferim! shot on 35mm film.
The film was shot in Bucharest in 16 days and it will be released in 2020.
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