Valentin Hotea is developing his first feature, Roxanne, By the Police, the story of a man who finds out after reading his file from the communist secret services (the Securitate) that he might be the father of a high school collegue's child.
The script, written by Ileana Muntean and Valentin Hotea, is in its final draft. The film is produced by Ada Solomon and the Romanian company HiFilm (www.hifilm.ro). The project received a Nipkow fellowship (www.nipkow.de) and was presented as the only non-Spanish project Foro de Coproduccion at San Sebastian (www.ibaia.org), and was at Connecting Cottbus (www.connecting-cottbus.de).
The budget is 700,000 euro. The project will apply for a grant from the Romanian National Centre for Cinema (www.cncinema.abt.ro). Shooting will take place in the summer of 2011.
"What I found appealing in this story was the honesty of a tale about friendship, betrayal and courage, and also the very sensitive way of touching a delicate social and historical issue using a contemporary example that is more convincing than an entire recent history book," Solomon told FNE.
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