PRODUCTION: A Film for Friends in post-production

By Iulia Blaga

    Director/screenwriter Radu Jude is currently in post-production with a low-budget 60-minute film A Film for Friends/Film pentru prieteni which he produced and self-financed. Jude, whose first feature The Happiest Girl In The World/Cea mai fericită fată din lume was awarded with C.I.C.A.E. Award at the Berlinale 2009, told FNE that the film focuses on a man who, prior to take his life, tapes a video testament to his unfaithful friends.

    He shot the film in just two days, 16-17 October 2010, in an apartment in Bucharest. The film is produced by his company, Fast Film SRL, which he founded in 2003, and with the help of Andrei Butică and Cătălin F. Cristuţiu and their company We Are Basca (www.wearebasca.ro). The actors are also friends of his: Gabriel Spahiu (which he used in A Tube with A Hat/Lampa cu căciulă, the most awarded Romanian short ever), Şerban Pavlu (The Happiest Girl in the World) and Lucia Maier. Andrei Butică is the DOP and Cătălin Cristuţiu the editor. The film is now in the sound post-production and was edited with just two cuts.

    Jude said he applied for funding from SEE Cinema Network (http://www.filmfund.gov.mk/ShortReg_Konkurs_SEE_CN.pdf) but didn't pass the national jury. Instead of seeking other funding, he put his own money (10,000 euros) in the film, saying that it is planned to be ultra-low-budget. The director told FNE that he will send it to festivals, television channels, sales agents, and others. "If we won't succeed, we will put it on the internet, to be seen free of charge", he said. No premiere date is set.

    The Happiest Girl in the World was sold to Slovenia, ex-Yugoslavia and Austria by sales agent Films Boutique (www.filmsboutique.com). Another Jude's feature project, Everybody from Our Family/Toată lumea din familia noastră received a production grant from the Romanian National Centre for Cinema (www.cncinema.abt.ro) this year and is scheduled to shoot in summer 2011.


    Production Information

    Fast Film SRL


    81, Hermann Oberth Street, sector 1

    012181 Bucharest, Romania


    Mobile phone: +40722382171

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    Director: Radu Jude


    Script: Radu Jude

    DOP: Andrei Butică


    Sound: Vlad Voinescu

    Filip Mureşan


    Editor: Cătălin F. Cristuţiu

    Cast: Gabriel Spahiu


    Şerban Pavlu

    Lucia Maier


    Marian Bratu

    Silviu Geamănu


    Aurelia Achim

    Ovidiu-Dunel Stancu


    Alexandru Spahiu

    Paul Cioran