06-05-2009

Production: Romania debut Whistle in production

By Iulia Blaga
When I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, the first feature from Florin Şerban, will complete his shooting by May 10 at the Romanian seaside.

The film follows the story of a teenage prisoner who falls for a psychology student and manages to escape.

The script, written by Cătălin Mitulescu (How I Celebrated The End of the World) and Florin Şerban, based on a play by Andreea Vălean, won The Magic Box Service Award at CineLink, during the 2008 Sarajevo film festival (www.sff.ba).

The main character is played by George Piştereanu, a high school student from Bucharest. Actors were chosen during a 6 month casting process which included an acting course for young prisoners from juvenile penitenciaries.

Florin Şerban studied film at the University of Film and Drama Bucharest (www.unatc.ro) and at Columbia University (www.columbia.edu).

Along with the feature, a documentary is being directed by Ivana Mladenovic, The World in Small Squares, about the life of young Romanians imprisoned for smaller or bigger crimes.

Both films are produced by Strada Film (www.stradafilm.ro) and Daniel Mitulescu. When I Want to Whistle, I Whistle won a €299,643 (1 million lei) grant from the Romanian Film Center (www.cncinema.abt.ro), and was pre-sold to the Romanian national television (www.tvr.ro).

Discussions with a potential foreign co-producer are underway. The premiere is set for 2010.

Production information:

Strada Film

41 Dr. Staicovici Street, Sect.5, 055556, Bucharest, Romania

tel/fax: 0040-21-411.80.99

www.stradafilm.ro

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