Romanian-Irish co-production Counting Sheep, from director Dieter Auner, will complete a one-year filming schedule by the end of May.
The film is a co-production from Mobra Films (www.mobrafilms.ro), the company Palme d'Or winner Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) manages, along with DOP Oleg Mutu and filmmaker Hanno Hoefer .
The Irish co-producers are Ikandi Productions (www.ikandi.ie) and Dieter Auner's DA Films.
Auner (Leaving Transylvania) is a Romanian born filmmaker living in Ireland. The film is an observational documentary focused on one character, and covering a year of shepherding between tradition and progress in the EU.
The film will be supported by Irish Film Board and TG4. The estimated budget is €200,000.
The project was in development 2007-2008. Post-production will be completed by the end of the year. The premiere is set for 2010.
The director will have a longer version (120 min at most) for the cinema and festivals, and a shorter one (52 min) for TV.
DA Films - Dieter Auner
Mobra Films - Cristian Mungiu
Intrarea Serdarului, 5 Bucharest Romania
tel/ fax +40 21 6664827
Ikandi Productions - Siún Ní Raghallaigh
53 Gleann na Coille, Galway, Ireland