BUCHAREST: Romanian director Vali Hotea is currently shooting his sophomore feature Lebendsdorf aka I Hate Berlin in Romania and Germany. The film is a black comedy about indecision and the fear of taking responsibility, produced by Ada Solomon and Diana Păroiu through Romania’s HiFilm Productions.
The script written by Vali Hotea and Ileana Muntean centers on a middle-aged writer caught between two women and two cities, Bucharest and Berlin, and it’s loosely inspired by Hotea’s own experience. The main characters are played by Mimi Brănescu, Ana Covalciuc and Ioana Flora.
The shooting started on 24 August and will wrap on 7 October. There are 30 shooting days. Documentary director and cinematographer Alexandru Solomon (Tarzan’s Testicles) is lensing, while Dana Bunescu (The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu, ICON Production) is the editor.
„Whoever went through a divorce knows that it might be a traumatic experience. By using fragments from my own experience, I choose to look at it with tender irony”, Vali Hotea said in a statement.
Lebensdorf is produced by HiFilm Productions in association with Romania’s nomada.solo and Visual Walkabout, and in coproduction with Romania’s Chainsaw Europe Studio, Abis Studio, Production XMG Media and Scharf Film Production.
The film is supported by the Romanian Film Centre and the Creative Europe MEDIA. The budget is 1.2 m EUR, Ada Solomon told FNE.
The project was developed at the Sofia Meetings, TIFF Transilvania Pitch Stop Co-production Platform, Sarajevo Talents Pack & Pitch Workshop, Rome MIA and connecting cottbus.
The premiere is set for 2020.
Coproducers:Chainsaw Europe Studio (Romania)Abis Studio (Romania)Production XMG Media (Romania)Scharf Film Production (Romania)
Credits:Director: Vali HoteaScriptwriters: Vali Hotea, Ileana MunteanDoP: Alexandru SolomonEditor: Dana BunescuArt designer: Mălina IonescuCostume designer: Cireșica CuciucHair and make-up: Bianca Boeroiu, Domnica BodoganSound design: Alexandru DumitruCast: Mimi Brănescu, Ana Covalciuc, Ioana Flora, Victor Toma, Victoria Cocias, Constantin Cojocaru