PRODUCTION: Romanian/Bulgarian/Serbian Coproduction Horia Starts Shooting in Romania

    Horia by Ana-Maria Comănescu Horia by Ana-Maria Comănescu credit: Maria Anghel

    BUCHAREST: Ana-Maria Comănescu’s debut feature Horia starts shooting in Romania on 29 June 2022. The film is a Romanian/Bulgarian/Serbian coproduction produced by Carla Fotea and Ada Solomon through microFILM in coproduction with Rossitsa Valkanova through Klas Film and Nikolina Vučetić-Zečević through Biberche Productions.

    The script written by Ana-Maria Comănescu follows Horia, a cautious teenage boy from a Romanian village, who is badly longing for his crush, who lives on the other side of the country. He resents his only parent, Petrică, a charming mechanic, for constantly pushing him to pursue girls. After a big fight, Horia tries to do something impulsive for a change and flees on his father’s old motorcycle.

    His decision tumbles a series of encounters, the most significant being with Stela, a 13-year-old street-smart girl who runs away from her family. She becomes a key influence on him, as a younger but wiser sister figure, who knows plenty about living in the moment and adapting to circumstance. Their bond must withstand their journey, as it transforms from a one day trip to a full adventure.

    Vladimir Țeca, Liviu Cheloiu and Angelina Pavel play the main characters.

    „I have been working with Ana-Maria for about seven years now, since film school. So it was natural for us to be working together on her debut. But besides this personal reason, I really believe Horia brings something fresh to the screen: it will be a feel-good film, full of life, colour and laughter. It’s firstly a road film, so expect to see some action and a lot of adventure. And secondly, it’s a coming-of-age film, so it will be bittersweet and very relatable for our audience. We are also very excited to be working with a bunch of new talents, such as Vladmir Țeca (Horia) and Angelina Pavel (Stela), who will be on screen for the very first time”, producer Carla Fotea told FNE.

    The budget is 800,000 EUR. The Romanian Film Centre, the Bulgarian National Film Center and Film Center Serbia are supporting. The project also received a Creative Europe MEDIA development grant. Private financiers include ALTEX Romania, Orange Romania, Kaufland Romania, Dr. Oetker, Bilka Steel, Hochland Romania, Help Net, Huawei Romania, Boromir, UNICREDIT Romania, SaviniDue, MediaCom, OMD Romania and Vitrina Advertising.

    Shooting will take place only in Romania and it will start on 29 June in Dobrogea, from where (after several locations) it will move to Brașov and Transalpina (the highest road in Romania). The filming will wrap on 3 August 2022.

    “Since it’s a road film we will be literally on the road all the time between the numerous locations, which entails a big production effort. But it will pay off in the breathtaking landscapes that we will show”, Carla Fotea also said.

    Horia is expected to be delivered in the first half of 2023, with the premiere set for 2023.

    microMULTILATERALwill release the film in Romania. No sales agent is attached yet.

    Production Information:

    microFILM (Romania)
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    Klas Film (Bulgaria)
    Biberche Productions (Serbia)

    Director: Ana-Maria Comănescu
    Scriptwriter: Ana-Maria Comănescu
    DoP: Tudor Mircea
    Editor: Tudor Popescu
    Production designer: Adeline-Andreea Bădescu
    Costume designer: Adeline-Andreea Bădescu
    Cast: Vladimir Țeca, Liviu Cheloiu, Angelina Pavel