PRODUCTION: Purcarete in postproduction with Somewhere in Palilula

Written by Iulia Blaga

Somewhere in Palilula, the first feature of the acclaimed Romanian stage director Silviu Purcărete, moved into editing in mid-February, but still has six days of shooting scheduled for the end of March.

{mosimage}Somewhere in Palilula is a provocative and expensive project, a marked contrast to the minimalist approach of the recent Romanian films. The film is a dark comedy about life under communism, with graphics and visual effects. The main set was a deserted factory area of 10,000 square meters, where a hospital set was built, as well as a cemetery, an orchard and a lake.

The budget is 1.6 million euro, with 25% from the National Centre for Cinema (www.cncinema.abt.ro). Purcărete's film and four other projects produced by Libra Film (www.librafilm.net) received MEDIA Programme development funding of 136,200 euro in 2009. Somewhere in Palilula also won the Balkan Fund Award at Thessaloniki IFF in 2005. Medienboard supported the script development of the project

The film is produced by Tudor Giurgiu and Libra Film. Shooting began October 14, 2009. Tudor Giurgiu told FNE that editing is taking place in Romania; the location of sound editing is still to be set.

Initially the producer told FNE that he might premiere the film at Venice Film Festival, but now he says that the film will not be finished before March 2011.

Production Information:

Libra Film

52 Popa Soare street, Et. 1, Ap. 4

Sector 2 Bucureşti, România




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Director: Silviu Purcărete

Script: Silviu Purcărete

DOP: Adrian Silişteanu

Art directors: Helmut Stürmer

Dragoş Buhagiar

Music: Vasile Şirli

Costumes: Lia Manţoc

Cast: Dimeny Aron

Răzvan Vasilescu

George Mihăiţă

Ilie Gheorghe

Ofelia Popii

Ioana Crăciunescu

Marius Manole

Constantin Chiriac