FNE at TIFF Romanian Film Days: The Phantom Father

Written by Iulia Blaga

Lucian Georgescu comes to TIFF's Romanian Film Days with his feature film debut The Phantom Father.

{mosimage}The € 1.2 million film was produced by Georgescu and Generic Audiovizual SRL (GAV) - Romania (www.gav.ro). The project received a grant from the Romanian Film Centre (www.cncinema.abt.ro), and a €20,000 grant from the MEDIA Programme. The film is co-financed by the Romanian companies Mediacom, Starcom Media, Initiative Media and Media Direction.

The film is based on a story of the cult American screenwriter Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart, Lost Highway, City of Ghosts), who also plays a small part in The Phantom Father. The main character - an American professor starting a trip to Vienna, Transylvania and Bucovina in order to find his roots - is played by the Romanian actor Marcel Iureş (Mission: Impossible, Amen, The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2).

The story is partly biographical since Gifford's grandfather left Bucovina for Vienna and finally settled in the United States. The main shoot ended in December 2008, but additional shooting took place in April 2009 and for 8 days in spring 2010, involving Romanian actors Victor Rebengiuc and Mariana Mihuţ.

Joachim Von Vietinghoff is Senior Consultant Producer. The DOP is Liviu Marghidan (California Dreamin'). The film is in English, but the cast (except Gifford) is entirely Romanian (Mihaela Sârbu, Mihai Constantin, Valer Dellakeza, Nicodim Ungureanu, Mirela Oprişor). The German composer Johannes Malfatti worked on the music in Berlin.

The Phantom Father (www.thephantomfather.com) is the first part of "a trilogy of bitter comedies and fantasy tales of foreigners visiting a mysterious land with which they share love and hate, stories, memories or ghosts," the producers said.

Company information

GAV (Generic Audiovizual SRL)

Bucharest 48 Plantelor Street 023975, Sector 2, Romania

Tel: 0040-21-31.71.356

Fax: 0040-21-31.71.286

Mobile: 0040-


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MediaCom Romania

Bucharest, 39 Frumoasă Street, Sector 1, Romania

Tel: 0040- 21 - 314.50.10

Fax: 0040- 21 - 314.50.15

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Starcom Media

13, Nicolae Iorga Street, Romania

Tel: 0040-21-201 6140

Fax: 0040-21-201 6141


Initiative Media

Bucharest 17 Ceasornicului Street, Sector 1, Romania

Tel: 0040-21 - 3010100

Fax: 0040- 21 - 3010199

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Media Direction

Bucharest 41Argentina Street

Sector 1 Romania

Tel: 0040-21-230.60.22

Fax: 0040-21-230.60.36


Director, screenwriter and producer: Lucian Georgescu

Based on a story by: Barry Gifford

Cinematographer: Liviu Marghidan

Cast: Marcel Iureş

Mihaela Sârbu

Mihai Constantin

Valer Dellakeza

Nicodim Ungureanu

Barry Gifford

Victor Rebengiuc

Mariana Mihuţ

Mirela Oprişor