04-06-2011

FNE at TIFF Romanian Film Days: The Bear

Written by Iulia Blaga

The Bear, the second film from Dan Chişu (Websitestory, www.websitestory.ro), is a bittersweet comedy involving a bear from the Bucharest State Circus, his human colleagues and a German hunter against the backdrop of Romania of 1990, when the financial issues were just one side of the story.

The Bear/Ursul is produced by Tudor Giurgiu and Libra Film (www.librafilm.net). It received a €268,824 grant from the National Centre for Cinema (www.cncinema.abt.ro ) in 2008 and is part of the €136,200 MEDIA (http://ec.europa.eu ) slate development funding for five films produced by Libra Film. The budget is €550,000. The script written by Dan Chişu received the Best Pitch Award at Connecting Cottbus.

The shooting started in August 3, 2009, and lasted for 24 days, taking place around Bucharest and in Moldavia. The cast includes Mihai Constantin, Magda Catone, Claudiu Bleonţ, Şerban Pavlu, Gabriel Spahiu and Andreea Grămoşteanu. The DOP is Vivi Drăgan Vasile (Moromeţii, Occident). The composer Goran Bregovic is confirmed for the soundtrack.

The editing was completed at Chainsaw Europe Studio (www.chainsaweurope.com ) in Bucharest, and the visual effects were done at DSG Visual Effects and Animation (www.dsg.ro), also in Bucharest. The film is now in the final sound mixing stage at Creative Sound (www.creative-sound.fr), Paris.

Production information

Libra Film

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

Sector 2 Bucureşti, România

Phone/Fax:+40. 21.32.66.480

+40. 21.32.60.268

www.librafilm.net

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Credits

Director: Dan Chişu

Script: Dan Chişu

DOP: Vivi Drăgan Vasile

Cast: Mihai Constantin

Magda Catone

Claudiu Bleonţ

Şerban Pavlu

Gabriel Spahiu

Andreea Grămoşteanu