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Production: Radu Mihaileanu is completing The Concert

Iulia Blaga 2009-06-21

Director Radu Mihaileanu (Train de vie, Live and Become) is completing post-production on his dramatic comedy The Concert.

The Concert is the story of a former director of the Bolshoi Theater, fired because of his refusal to get rid of his Jewish players, who finds himself a janitor in the same institution 25 years later.

"I don't know if humour is missing in our world, it's not of me to say, but in these not so funny times I need it in order to have some distance," the Romanian born French filmmaker told FNE.

The Concert was filmed mainly in Bucharest, and also in Moscow and Paris, and is a French-Romanian-Belgian-Italian co-production. Shooting started in May 2008 and was completed in August.

The film is produced by Alain Attal and the French company Les Productions du Trésor (http://www.productionsdutresor.com). The co-producers are Oï Oï Oï Productions (Mihaileanu's own company), Castel Film (http://www.castelfilm.ro/), Panache Productions, Bim Distribuzione (http://www.bimfilm.com/), France 3 Cinéma (http://www.france3.fr), and Mars Films (http://www.marsfilms.com/).

The film received €400,000 grant from the Romanian National Centre for Cinema and €600,000 from Eurimages in 2008, Bogdan Moncea, marketing director at Castel Film, told FNE.

It was also pre-sold to Weinstein Company for over $1 million, being bought in Australia (Hopscotch), Great Britain (Optimum), Canada (Seville), Scandinavia (Cinema Mondo), and Japan (Comstock) as well. Wild Bunch is the sales company.

The Russian, French, and Romanian cast includes Alexei Guskov, Mélanie Laurent, Dimitri Nazarov, Miou-Miou, Vlad Ivanov and Jacqueline Bisset.

The Concert will be released by the end of the year.

Company information

Les Productions du Trésor

12, rue Barbette
75003 Paris, France
Alain Attal
Phone : (33). 1.43.38.48.84
Fax : (33). 1.43.38.16.10

http://www.productionsdutresor.com/

Castel Film Studios

25A Emanoil Porumbaru St., Sector 1

Bucharest, Romania

Phone: (40).21.222.55.65

Fax: (40).21.222.55.59

Vlad Păunescu

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Panache Productions

2 rue de la Bechee

1380 Lasne, Belgium

Phone: (32).2.656.15.51

Fax: (32).2.656.15.52

André Logie

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Bim Distribuzione

57 Via Marianna Dionigi

00193 Rome, Italy

Phone: (39).6.32.31.057

Fax: (39).6.32.11.984

http://www.bimfilm.com/

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France 3 Cinéma France

7, Esplanade Henri de France

75907 Paris, France

Phone: (33).1.56.22.73.38

Fax: (33).1.56.22.73.39

http://www.france3.fr

Mars Films

66, rue de Miromesnil
75008 Paris, France

Phone: (33).1.56.43.67.20

Fax : (33).1.45.61.45.04

http://www.marsfilms.com/

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Credits

Director- Radu Mihaileanu

Screenplay- Radu Mihaileanu together with Alain-Michel Blanc &Matthew Robbins

From an original story by Hector Cabello Reyes &Thierry Degrandi

DOP - Laurent Dailland

Cast - Alexei Guskov

Mélanie Laurent

Dimitri Nararov

François Berléand

Valery Barinov

Vlad Ivanov

Jacqueline Bisset