02-06-2011

FNE at TIFF Romanian Days: Loverboy

Written by Iulia Blaga

Loverboy, the second feature from Romanian director Cătălin Mitulescu tells the story of Luca, a 20 year old boy from a Romanian village who makes girls fall in love with him in order to lure them into prostitution networks in a town nearby. In the language of the police he is a loverboy. However when Luca meets Veli, he falls in love with her and starts questioning himself, and thinks of leaving his job and staying with her.

{mosimage}Mitulescu, who co-wrote and produced the acclaimed If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle directed by Florin Şerban, used the same main actors from the film awarded at the Berlinale 2010: George Piştereanu and Ada Condeescu. The cast of more than 30 includes Bogdan Dumitrache, Clara Vodă, Coca Bloos, Ion Besoiu, Remus Mărgineanu and Alexandru Mititelu, alongside many nonprofessional actors. Marius Panduru (If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, Police, Adjective, The Way I Spent the End of the World) is the DOP. Loverboy previously had the working title A Heart Shape Balloon. Shooting took place from September through November 2010, using 15 locations.

Mitulescu won the Palme d'Or for the short film Traffic in 2004. His first feature, The Way I Spent the End of the World/Cum mi-am petrecut sfârşitul lumii (www.sfarsitullumii.ro) was awarded with the Best Actress Award (Dorotheea Petre) in Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival in 2006.

Loverboy was written by Mitulescu and Bogdan Mustaţă, and produced by Strada Film (www.stradafilm.ro), the company established by Mitulescu in 2004, in co-production with the Swedish companies Film i Väst AB (www.filmivast.se) and Chimney Pot (www.thechimneypot.com), and Serbia's Cinebox (www.cinebox.rs).

Most of the funding comes from Romania. The Swedish and the Serbian companies are providing services. The script received a 400,000 Euro grant from the Romanian Film Centre (www.cncinema.abt.ro) in 2006, and won the Best Project Award of 12,500 euro at Sarajevo CineLink (www.sff.ba/en/cinelink), 10,000 euro from the Thessaloniki Balkan Fund (www.filmfestival.gr/balkan_fund) in 2006, and 20,000 euro from the Pre Media Support (www.pre-mediasupport.ro). The film was pre-sold to Romanian public television (www.tvr.ro) and HBO Romania (www.hbo.ro). The film was picked up for world sales by by Celluloid Dreams (www.celluloid-dreams.com).

Production Information

Strada Film

41 Dr. Staicovici Street, Sect.5

055556, Bucharest, Romania

Phone/Fax: 0040-21-411.80.99

www.stradafilm.ro

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Film i Väst AB

Box 134

461 23 Trollhättan

Akerssjöv. 4, Sweden

Phone: +46 (0) 520- 49 09 00

Fax: + 46 (0) 520- 49 09 01

http://www.filmivast.se/sv/Film-i-Vast/

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The Chimney Pot

Sturegatan 58

114 36 Stockholm, Sweden

Phone: +46 8 587 50 500

Fax: +46 8 587 50 501

www.thechimneypot.com

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Cinebox 100

Belgrade office

Pivljanina Baje II deo br.23

11000, Belgrade, Serbia

Phone: +381.11.3699374

www.cinebox.rs

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Novi Sad office

Futoska 1a, app. 505

21000 Novi Sad

Phone: +381.21.472316

Fax: +381.21.6614270

Les films Pelléas

25 rue Michel Le Comte

75003 Paris

Phone / Fax : 33 (0)1 42 74 31 00 / 41 00

www.lesfilmspelleas.com

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Credits

Director: Cătălin Mitulescu

Script: Cătălin Mitulescu

Bogdan Mustaţă

DOP: Marius Panduru

Cast: George Piştereanu

Ada Condeescu

Bogdan Dumitrache

Clara Vodă

Coca Bloos

Ion Besoiu

Remus Mărgineanu

Alexandru Mititelu