PRODUCTION: Here..., I Mean There in Postproduction

By FNE Staff

    BUCHAREST: Laura Capatana-Juller is finishing postproduction (sound mixing) on her first film, an 80 minute observational documentary about two young sisters waiting for their parents to return from Spain where they have worked for 11 years.

    "I wanted to find the most normal case possible among the 350,000 cases of Romanian children growing up without their parents while their parents are working abroad," the director said at One World Romania film festival (www.oneworld.ro).

    She spent one year looking for the characters. She started shooting in the Northern Romania in February 2009 and returned there some 10 times. The budget is 70,000 Euro. The film is produced by Alexandru Solomon and HiFilm Production (www.hifilm.ro). Ilinca Belciu is executive producer, Ancuţa Iordăchescu the DOP and Dana Bunescu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu) the editor.

    "We believed in the project from the very begining but we couldn't find any grants except a small development grant from the National Centre for Cinema (www.cncinema.abt.ro)," Solomon told FNE. The project was pitched at ExOriente 2009 (www.dokweb.net/en/ex-oriente-film), IDFAcademy Summer School, EURODOC session (www.eurodoc-net.com) held in Timişoara, Romania, a Robert Bosch Stiftung (www.bosch-stiftung.de) contest, Talent Campus Pack & Pitch Sarajevo (www.sff.ba ) and at Documentary in Europe (www.docineurope.org) in Italy.

    The film is expected to be finished in summer 2012.

    Production Information

    HiFilm Production

    179, Traian st.

    024043, Bucharest, Romania

    Phone: + 4021 252 48 67

    Fax: + 4021 252 48 66

    Mobile: + 40723 200 640


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    Director: Laura Căpăţână-Juller

    DOP: Ancuţa Iordăchescu

    Editor: Doina Bunescu