PRODUCTION: So I Say shooting postponed

By Iulia Blaga

    BUCHAREST: Bogdan Dumitrescu Dreyer (A Cold Place In The Sun and Thalassa, Thalassa ) has postponed shooting on So I Say starring Gérard Depardieu and Harvey Keitel. Filming was originally scheduled to take place 28 August - 9 October 2010. It has been rescheduled for May - June 2011, producer Giuliano Doman told FNE.

    The shooting will take place in the Romanian city of Sighişoara and in Belgium for some interiors.

    So I Say (Condamnat la viaţă) will be an English language feature based on the Romanian novella The Death of Ipu written by Titus Popovici. The script, written by Anuşavan Salamanian, is set in a village during WWII, where a German soldier is found dead and the people, unable to find the killer and facing the threat of all of them being killed, propose the village madman give himself up in exchange for a hero's burrial.

    Gérard Depardieu will play the madman, and Harvey Keitel plays the village priest. The cast includes the Romanian actors Dorel Vişan, Bogdan Iancu, Alexandru Bindea, Gabriel Spahiu, Adina Cartianu, and Mihai Constantin.

    The film is produced by Giuliano Doman and Tandem Film (www.tandemfilm.com). The coproducers are Daniel Zuta and the German company Harbour Entertainment GmbH (www.harbour-entertainment.com). The budget is 2,639,570 euro. The film is supported by the National Centre for Cinema (www.cncinema.abt.ro) with a grant of 416,000 euros, and also by the local agencies United Media Services, The Media Partnership, Starcom MediaVest Group, BV McCann Erickson, Mediaedgecia and Mindshare Media. ARTE Germany (www.arte.tv) gave 200,000 euro to the project, and Rai Uno Italy (www.rai.it) 150,000 euro.

    The DOP is Călin Ghibu, the art director Anette Reuther, and the sound engineer Eick Hoemann. The film will be distributed by Transilvania Film (www.transilvaniafilm.ro) in Romania and by Farbfilm-Veleih (www.farbfilm-verleih.de) in Germany. The Romanian premiere is tentatively set for May 2012.

    Production information

    Tandem Film Production

    8 Domniţa Ancuţa street

    1st district

    010942 BucharestRomania

    Phone: +40.21.317.22.01



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    Harbour Entertainment GmbH

    Kleine Nelkenstr. 17

    60488 Frankfurt Germany

    Phone: +49 69/ 25. 37. 35

    Fax: +49 69/ 23. 90. 58


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    Director: Bogdan Dumitrescu Dreyer

    Script: Anuşavan Salamanian

    DOP: Călin Ghibu

    Art director: Anette Reuther

    Sound engineer: Eick Hoemann

    Cast: Gérard Depardieu

    Harvey Keitel

    Dorel Vişan

    Bogdan Iancu

    Alexandru Bindea

    Gabriel Spahiu

    Adina Cartianu

    Mihai Constantin