FNE at TIFF: Romanian Days - Gone Wild

By Iulia Blaga

    CLUJ-NAPOCA: The 80 minute documentary Gone Wild is a fascinating wild life "fairy tale." Written, directed and shot by Dan Curean, it was filmed entirely on the Danube Delta, mostly in the forest of Letea between 2009 and 2011.

    In the labyrinth of water of Romania's Danube Delta the most recent arrivals are the horses, which over 20 years ago were released to roam free. Their struggle and difficulties are followed through the eyes of a village boy who has developed a powerful bond with the animals.

    Ironically, as the horses roam wider in search of food and shelter they begin to damage the local protected forests. A controversy arises between environmentalists and local authorities who now want the horses to be exterminated. The film is the story of this extraordinary paradox: an increasing herd of horses and a decreasing number of villagers - and the threat to both groups.

    The film was produced by George Bucur and Fundaţia Arta in partnership with Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (www.ubbcluj.ro) and EMS Films (www.emsfilms.com). Zenith Media (www.zenithmedia.ro), Digital Cube (www.digitalcube.ro) and PBR Romania (www.pbr.com.ro) supported the project.

    The budget is 100,000 Euro, Bucur told FNE. The project was developed at Discovery Campus Masterschool 2008 (www.documentary-campus.com) and it was pitched at DOK Leipzig (www.dok-leipzig.de) in 2008.

    Gone Wild will have its world premiere at Transylvania International Film Festival (www.tiff.ro) in a special screening in the Romanian Days, although it's still in post-production.

    Production Information

    10 Târnavelor street

    Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    George Bucur's cell: +40 740 075 387

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    Director: Dan Curean

    Script:Dan Curean

    DOP: Dan Curean