PRODUCTION: Outbound in postproduction

By Iulia Blaga

Bogdan George Apetri's first feature Outbound, written by Tudor Voican and Bogdan George Apetri based on a story by Cristian Mungiu and Ioana Uricaru, will wrap postproduction in early April.

Postproduction was done in Romania and Austria. The editing took place at Chainsaw Europe in Romania, and was done by the editor Eugen Kelemen. The sound editing was done at the Austrian Synchro Film, Video &Audio studio. Sound director is Bruno Pisek and sound designer Birgit Obkircher.

The main character is a young woman (played by Ana Ularu) released for just one day from the prison, and her attempts to arrange things with her brother, sister in law, small son, and former pimp. The title of the film shows the intention to focus on the characters and their claustrophobic relation with the neighborhoods of Bucharest.

Shooting took place June 29-August 3, 2009, in Bucharest locations. The film is produced by Alexandru Teodorescu and the Romanian company Saga Film (www.sagafilm.ro). Daniel Burlac is producing, and Josef Aichholzer and Aichholzer Filmproduktion Austria (www.aifilm.com) are co-producing. The sales agent is not yet known.

The budget came in over the estimated €720,000, but a final figure is yet to be released. The film received €270,000 from the National Centre for Cinema (www.cncinema.abt.ro) in the summer of 2007. The project participated at the Berlinale and Sarajevo markets. The DOP is Marius Panduru. The cast includes young actors: Ana Ularu, Andi Vasluianu, Mimi Brănescu and Ioana Flora.

Outbound (the working titlewas Outskirts) is based on a script written by Tudor Voican (California Dreamin', Medal of Honour) and Bogdan George Apetri after a story of Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Tales from the Golden Age) and Ioana Uricaru (Tales from the Golden Age).

Bogdan George Apetri studied film direction and cinematography at Columbia University. His shorts have been selected by Clermont-Ferrand, Rotterdam and Palm Springs. He was also a Student Academy Awards nominee in 2006.

{mosimage}Production information

Saga Film

8 Dimitrie Racoviţă Street

Sector 2, Bucharest, 023993


Tel: +40.21.317.33.60

Fax: +40.21.317.33.64


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Aichholzer Filmproduktion

Mariahilferstrasse 58

1070 Wien Austria

Tel: +43.1.523.40.81

Fax: +43.1.526.34.58


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Director: Bogdan Apetri

Script: Tudor Voican and Bogdan George Apetri on a story by Cristian Mungiu and Ioana Uricaru

DOP: Marius Panduru

Editor: Eugen Kelemen

Cast: Ana Ularu

Andi Vasluianu

Mimi Brănescu

Timotei Duma

Ioana Flora

Cristian Oleser