ROMANIAN FILM PRODUCTION BETWEEN 1997-2002

 

 

ASFALT TANGO / ASPHALT TANGO 

Co-production FRANCE - ROMANIA: LES FILMS DU RIVAGE, DOMINO FILM, FRANCE 3 CINEMA and LES FILMS de L’QUEST, COMME DES CINEMA, BUCHAREST CINEMA STUDIO, SABINA PRODUCT, with the participation of MINISTERE de la CULTURE de FRANCE, NATIONAL CENTER for CINEMATOGRAPHY and CANAL +;

1997; 

1h.37 min.

Set decorator: Cristian Niculescu;

Costumes: Viorica Petrovici;

Make up: Dana Roºanu, Anne Bergamaschi;

Editor: Mircea Ciocaltei;

Music: Nae Caranfil, Anton Suteu, and Reinhardt Wagner;

Director of photography: Cristian Comeaga;

Screenplay: Nae Caranfil;

Directed by: Nae Caranfil;

With: Charlotte Rampling, Mircea Diaconu, Florin Calinescu, Constantin Cotimanis, Catalina Rahaianu, Marthe Felten, Adina Cartianu, Delia Martea.

 

Eleven beautiful Romanian girls who dream about glory and easy money want to go to Paris in order to dance in cabarets. A very doubtful agent and a foreign businesswoman accompany them in the bus on the way to Paris. The jealous husband of one of the girls follows them. He cannot make his wife come back but makes another girl stay with him. The result is a bitter comedy as well as a road movie.  

 

 

 

 

DUBLU EXTAZ / DOUBLE ECSTASY

Production: ROMANIA, STUDIO OF CREATION NR.5; SOLARIS FILM; STAR FILM; PROFILM;

1997;

1h.40 min.

Screenwriter and director: Iulian Mihu;

Director of photography: Al. Intorsureanu;

Sound: Mihai Oraºanu;

Editor: Adina Petrescu;

Make up: Anastasia Vitanidis;

Set Decorator and costumes: Crina Zaharescu;

With: Costel Cascaval, Otilia Toma, Dan Istrate, Rona Hartner, Daniela Nane, Costi Valcu.

 

A strange parable-film that mixes two apparently total different stories with a common issue – the importance of the family in forming one’s life. The absence of family and communication can have opposite manifestations like this, but in both cases unacceptable ones. While one of the characters reaches extreme violence and even up to murder, the other succeeds in tolerating the degrading humilities in order to have a home.  

 

 

FEMEIA ÎN ROªU / WOMAN IN RED

Co-production: STUDIO OF MOVIES NR.4; PROFILM – RA; CINEROM and BUCHAREST CINEMA STUDIO;

1997;

1h.55 min.

Screenplay: Mircea Veroiu;

Director of photography: Marian Stanciu;

Editor: Mircea Ciocaltei;

Music: Virgil Popescu;

Sound: Silviu Camil;

Set decorator: Radu Corciova;

Costumes: Ioana Corciova;

Directed by Mircea Veroiu;

With: Elena Albu, Dragos, Paslaru, George Petcu, Radu Amzulescu, and Razvan Popa.

 

Anne Sage has emigrated in USA from Romania in the early twenties. She is the owner of a brothel where one can buy alcoholic beverages and she is known as “the woman in red” who had turned to police a famous gangster, John Dillinger. After that she was deported back to Romania. The film depicts her life story: her marriage, the birth of her first child, divorce and especially her struggle to survive during the time of prohibition.

 

 

 

NEKRO / NECRO

Production: ROMANIA, NIKI COMAN;

1997

1h.43 min.

Screenplay: Nicolas Masson (Viorel Mihalcea);

Directed by Nicolas Masson;

Director of photography: Marian Stanciu;

Editor: Melania Oproiu;

Music: Cornel Ionescu;

With: Stefan Sileanu, Dan Condurache, Valentin Teodosiu, Dan Astilean, Zoltan Butuc, Constantin Cotimanis, Iulia Gavril, Roxana Guttman, Razvan Vasilescu.

 

At mid ’80s, a SRI (Romanian Bureau of Intelligence) colonel has to liquidate a satanic sect detected on Romanian territory. He manages to seize the chief of this organization and interrogates him callously. During the interrogation the colonel’s mind balance is destroyed and he starts to live in another dimension, haunted by infernal phantoms. The satanic character mysteriously disappears and the colonel loses his minds, putting an end to his career. Eight years later the leader of the satanic cult returns while in the country a series of monstrous murders follow. The former colonel who is now a wreck is still the only one who can sense and face the evil. But the police detective thinks that the colonel is the killer. The final confrontation between the colonel and the forces of evil takes place when the latter is about to take his daughter. The colonel manages to save the girl and to destroy the evil, but the price for this is his damnation.  

  

 

OMUL ZILEI / THE MAN OF THE DAY

Production: ROMANIA, SOLARIS FILM;

1997;

1h44 min.;

Screenplay: Radu F. Alexandru;

Directed by: Dan Pita;

Director of photography: Dan Alexandru;

Editor: Cristina Ionescu;

Music: Anton Suteu;

With: Stefan Iordache, Alina Chivulescu, George Mihaita, Victor Rebengiuc, Maia Morgenstern, and Cristian Iacob.

 

Andrei, an important politician and businessman, has a relationship with Ana – a beautiful young dancer. They have a car accident in which a man dies and another is seriously injured. The man who has died is a former lover of Ana. The man who survived tells the police that Andrei is the one who has to pay for everything because it was his fault. Ana becomes a dangerous person, as she doesn’t believe is his innocence. So Andrei has to listen to his political counselors who tell him that Ana has to be eliminated. 

 

 

 

CORTUL / THE TENT

Production: ROMANIA, ROFILM;

1998;

1h.20 min;

Screenplay: Horia Pãtraºcu;

Director: Bogdan-Cristian Dragan;

Director of photography: Emil Stan;

Editor: Mircea Ciocaltei;

Set Decorator: Mihnea Tãutu;

Costumes: Ioana Albaiu;

Music: Constantin Dragomir;

With: Victor Rebengiuc, Ilie Gheorghe, Claudiu Bleonþ, Cristian Iacob, Anca Dinu, Emil Hoºtinã, Constantin Cotimanis, Valer Dellakeza, Anca Dincã Dragomir, Aurel Popescu.

 

In 1989, during the Romanian Revolution, four men are digging a hole in the yard of an embassy of a small country in order to fix a tube of gas. They are not affected by the events of the Revolution and so they can look at it in a very detached, simple, even naive way. All this is going on in a single day and the characters are as astonished by the events. 

 

 

FATA IN FATA / FACE TO FACE

Production: ROMANIA, ROFILM and ARTIS FOUNDATION;

1998;

1h.30 min.

Screenplay and direction by: Marius Th. Barna;

Director of photography: Alexandru Solomon;

Editor: Melania Oproiu;

Set decorators: Stefan Antonescu and Corina Haradau;

Costumes: Maria Anton;

Music: Petru Margineanu;

With: Maia Morgenstern, Serban Ionescu, Serban Pavlu, Mircea Diaconu, Magda Catone, Adrian Titieni, Horatiu Malaele, Mircea Rusu.

 

A woman finds out that her husband was a squeak informer of SRI and one of his priorities was to make full rapport on her activities (as she is a well known writer). During 24 hours the couple tries to solve their problems. Eventually, they manage to understand each other and to go on with their common life.

 

 

 

TERMINUS PARADIS / LAST STOP PARADISE

Production: FRANCE-ROMANIA, MK 2 PARIS, and THE BUCHAREST CINEMA STUDIO OF THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE;

1998;

1h.48 min.

Screenplay: Lucian Pintilie, Razvan Popescu, and Radu Aldulescu;

Director: Lucian Pintilie;

Image director: Calin Ghibu;

Editor: Victoria Nae;

Set decorator: Calin Papura;

Costumes: Catalina Ghibu;

With: Costel Cascaval, Dorina Chiriac, Gheorghe Visu, Razvan Vasilescu, Victor Rebengiuc, Dan Tudor.

 

This is an unusual story about a wild pig breeder – Mitu, who deserts from the army and falls in love with a young, child-like waitress – Norica. The girl follows him and a priest in a small village church marries them. In his desperate run Mitu has to kill a man and finally, tormented with guilt, commits suicide.

 

 

 

FAIMOSUL PAPARAZZO / THE FAIMOUS PAPARAZZO

Production: ROMANIA, AGER FILM SRL / ROMANIAN TELEVISION SOCIETY / F DAKINO FOUNDATION / THE CINEMA STUDIO OF THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE FROM BUCHAREST  / TOTAL PROFESIONAL RECORDS SRL;

1999;

1h.30 min.

Screenplay: Razvan Popescu;

Director: Nicolae Margineanu;

Director of photography: Doru Mitran;

Editor: Nita Chivulescu;

Scenography: Stefan Antonescu;

Music: Petru Margineanu;

Costumes: Svetlana Mihailescu;

With: Marcel Iures, Maria Ploae, Gheorghe Dinica, Alexandru Repan, Victoria Cocias, Valeriu Popescu, Gheorghe Visu, Draga Olteanu Matei.

 

Gary is 35 years old ambitious photographer who has a special assignment: to make a disreputable snapshot with an important politician who supposedly has a relationship with an underage girl.  For that he has to live together a month with a 45 years old prostitute in an attic across the hotel where the two lovers meet. During his stay there the woman’s life gets a reason and his leave after accomplishing his task makes her commit suicide. Gary realizes after he gets arrested that he succeeded to hurt too many people and decides from now on to do things as his conscious commands him.

 

 

TRIUNGHIUL MORÞII / THE TRIANGLE OF DEATH

Production: NCC, ANTENA 1, THE CINEMA STUDIO FROM BUCHAREST, CINE – TV- FILM, FILMEX;

1999;

2h.55 min.

Screenplay: Sergiu Nicolaescu, Corneliu Vadim Tudor;

Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu;

Director of photography: Dan Alexandru;

Editor: Melania Oproiu;

Costumes: Janine Sarbu, Stefan Brandes, and Radu Corciova;

Scenography: Mircea Ribinschi, Nicolae Ursu;

Music: Anton Suteu;

With: Valentin Teodosiu, George Alexandru; Sergiu Nicolaescu, Silviu Stanculescu, Maia Morgenstern, Ilinca Goia, Virgil Andreescu, Iurie Darie, Eusebiu Stefanescu, Ion Dichiseanu.

 

It is a glorious and heroical evocation of the great battles in Marasti, Marasesti and Oituz of the Romanian Army in the year of 1917, a crucial moment which prevented the conquest of entire Romania by the Central Powers but also, in the end, lead to the accomplishment of the Great Union, Basarabia, Bucovina and Transylvania becoming parts of Romania.   

 

 

SEXI HAREM ADA KALEH / SEXY HAREM ADA KALEH

Production: ROMANIA, S.C. ROFILM S.A.;

1999

Screenplay and director: Mircea Muresan;

Editing: Adina Georgescu-Obrocea;

Costumes: arh. Andreea Hasnas;

Scenography: Mihnea Tautu;

Music: Tino Furtuna;

With: Stefan Banica jr., Rona Hartner, Jean Constantin, Tamara Buciuceanu-Botez, Rodica Muresan, Stela Popescu, Alexandru Arsinel, Tudorel Filimon, Ileana Stana Ionescu, Mihai Fotino.

 

The main character of this film is Ismail who owns a restaurant called “Sexy Harem Ada Kaleh” that he runs with Gina, Cora and Costel. Ismail has a son, Gicu, but he doesn’t know anything about his existence. His son sees him on TV and decides to meet him. On his way to Istanbul, Gicu has a lot of funny adventures…

 

 

 

ÞÃCÃNIÞII / CLACKING PEOPLE

Production: ROMANIA- FRANCE, ATLANTIS FILM, ALIZES FILMS, CINEVISION BRUXELLES;

2000;

1h.43 min

Screenplay: Gerard Cuq, Michel Cuq

Director: Gerard Cuq

Music: Etienne Perruchon

With: Tomi Cristin, Catalina Mustata, Sanda Toma, Horatiu Malaele, Dan Condurache, Christophe Laubion, Ingrid Chauvin, Denis Karvil, Bernard Farcy.

 

Four police inspectors are coming back very drunk from a birthday anniversary. One of them, Debe, decides to go to the bank where he finds out that his wife who has just left him, took all his money and more than that: his account is blocked because of missing 730 franks. He argues with the bank director and pulls the gun to him. Some bank guardians think that this it is about a robbery and open fire on him. Everybody starts to shoot at each other. The policemen decide to run and to take some money with them. They hide in a mental institution but soon are surrounded by Special Forces. They don’t have other choice but to let the mad people to speak for them. 

 

 

 

IN FIECARE ZI DUMNEZEU NE SARUTA PE GURA / EVERYDAY GOD KISSES US ON THE MOUTH

Production: ROMANIA, E-MOTION FILMS;

Screenplay: Sinisa Dragin after an Ioan Carmazan’s idea;

Director: Sinisa Dragin;

Director of photography: Alexandru Solomon;

Editor: Cristina Ionescu;

Scenography: Daniel Raduta;

With: Dan Condurache, Ana Ciontea, Horatiu Malaele, Dan Astilea, Valer Delakeza, Cristina Tacoi, Carmen Ungureanu, Mirela Gorea, George Alexandru, Alexandru Bindea, Tania Popa, Antonela Zaharia.

 

An intricate and elaborate metaphorical story about a man who tries to find his way in life. After being set free from jail he finds his wife involved with his brother. This situation drives him mad that he kills his own brother. His evolution goes through many murders and disappointments, so that his life seems in a certain moment useless, but then he understands that God has a special meaning for him and he decides to accept his destiny.

 

 

RAZBOI IN BUCATARIE / WAR IN THE KITCHEN

Production: ROMANIA, AGER FILM and TVR CINEMA

Co-producers: DAKINO – DAN CHISU, TOFAN GRUP;

2000; 

1h.21min.

Screenplay: Razvan Popescu;

Director: Marius Barna;

Director of photography: Doru Mitran;

Editor: Cristina Bratescu;

Scenography: Ion Olaru;

Music: Petru Margineanu;

With: Gheorghe Dinica, Imola Kezdi, and Ovidiu Niculescu.

 

During the 1990 events in Targu Mures a young Romanian private deserts his mission. He gets to a block station where lives a Hungarian rail inspector with his beautiful daughter. The young man tries to hide in a warehouse but he is found by the girl, whom he falls in love with, and eventually by her father. The tension between the young man and the rail inspector will end dramatically. 

 

 

 

 

MARFA ªI BANII / STUFF & DOUGH

Production: ROMANIA, ROFILM, and THE BUCHAREST CINEMA STUDIO OF THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE, with the support of NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY;

2001;

Screenplay; Razvan Radulescu, Cristi Puiu;

Director: Cristi Puiu;

Director of photography: Silviu Stavila;

Editor: Ines Barbu, Nita Chivulescu;

Scenography: Andreea Hasnas;

Costumes: Adriana Iurascu;

Make up: Anastasia Vitanidis;

Cu: Alexandru Papadopol, Dragos Bucur, Ioana Flora, Razvan Vasilescu, Luminita Gheorghiu, Doru Ana, Costica Draganescu, Petre Pletosu;

 

Ovidiu, a teenager from Constantza attends his own business (he sells snacks and soft drinks at the window of his flat) but intends to expand and buy a kiosk but he hasn’t got the dough. A local businessman offers him an impressive amount of money for an apparently simple job: he is to take a parcel to Bucharest to a certain address. Together with his friend and the latter’s date he drives to Bucharest to deliver the parcel but he has to get rid of another car that chases them. Initially convinced that he sold only his services, Ovidiu will understand too late that he has sold his conscience…

 

 

 

 

 

COD NECUNOSCUT / UNKNOWN CODE

Production: FRANCE- ROMANIA, MK2 PRODUCTION PARIS / BAVARIA FILM GNBH / THE BUCHAREST CINEMA STUDIO OF THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE / FILMEX ROMANIA;

2000;

1h.52 min

Screenplay: Michael Haneke;

Director: Michael Haneke;

With: Juliette Binoche, Luminita Gheorghiu, Constantin Barbulescu, Costel Cascaval.

 

A psychological film presenting life stories of some people of different social and family background, with different jobs and problems. They accidentally meet in Paris, where the same events influence their life differently.

 

 

INCIDENTUL / THE INCIDENT

Production: ROMANIA, PROPAGANDA PRODUCTION GROUP;

2000;

1h.16 min

Screenplay and directing: Antoniu Vasile Berenyi;

Director of photography: George Oprea;

Editor: Melania Oproiu;

Scenography: Valentin Andrei;

Costumes: Svetlana Mihailescu;

Music: George Baicea;

With: Stefan Sileanu, Radu Banzaru, Dan Tudor, Floricel Aionitoaiei, Daniel Iordan, Mircea Stoian.

 

Twenty young delinquents from orphanage accept to be trained as hired guns in a special unit lead by colonel Ankara. The training is actually a survival test. All the members of the team are killed one after another but the survivor has to annihilate the colonel in order to take his place. The end is very unexpected…

 

 

 

SAREA IN BUCATE/ SALT IN FARE

Production: ROMANIA, METROPOLIS GROUP;

2001;

1h.30min.

Screenplay and directing: Radu Dumitru Penescu;

Director of photography: Ovidiu Guzu;

Editor: Nita Chivulescu;

Costumes: Alina Ticulescu;

Music: Petre Margineanu;

With: Sofia Vicoveanca, Stefania Dumitrescu, Nicolae Urs and Mircea Cretu.

 

A film made after a well-known folk fairy-tale found by Petre Ispirescu, a sort of Romanian version of Shakespeare’s “King Lear”. An emperor asked his daughters to express their love for him. The elder daughters compared their love with sugar and honey, while the youngest said that she loves her father like the salt in fare. The emperor felt offended, so he chased away and disinherited her. After being mistreated by his flattering daughters the emperor had to be saved by his youngest daughter who proved that her love was expressed in true words.

 

 

 

 

FILANTROPICA / PHILANTHROPIC

Production: ROMANIA, DOMINO FILMS, MACT PRODUCTIONS, MEDIAPRO PICTURES with the participation of NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY and CANAL + sustained by EURIMAGES;

2001;

1h.50min.

Screenplay and directing: Nae Caranfil;

Director of photography: Vivi Dragan Vasile;

Editor: Thierry Derocles, Tiberiu Theodorescu;

Costumes: Svetlana Mihaiescu;

Music: Marius Mihalache;

With: Mircea Diaconu, Gheorghe Dinica, Mara Nicolescu, Viorica Voda, Cristian Gheorghe, and Florin Calinescu.

 

Ovidiu is a poor schoolteacher who is in love with a young beautiful girl. But in order to be with her he must have a lot of money. He gets in touch with a strange president of a philanthropists’ society who is in fact the head all beggars in Bucharest. Ovidiu starts to beg for money in restaurants with his partner – Miruna. They pretend to be a married couple that does not have enough money to pay the bill in a restaurant where they had celebrated their 10th anniversary of marriage. After funny and painful adventures what they just pretended to be comes true and the two make a real couple. 

 

 

PROPRIETARII DE STELE / THE STAR OWNERS

Production: ROMANIA; TELEVERTICAL FILM;

2000;

1h.40 min.

Screenplay and directing: Savel Stiopul;

Director of photography: Ion Anton;

Editor: Dragos Smarandescu;

Set decorators and costumes: Ioana Albain, Gaby Ionescu;

Music: Stefan Elefteriu;

With: Heliana Popa, Pierre Henri Deleau, Dan Bittman, Monica Anghel, Stefan Banica jr., Costas Dumitrescu, Monica Ghiuta, Radu Gurau, Adriana Trandafir.

 

This is a story of love and survival of a young woman-engineer who lives in Romania during the time of “transition”. She works in a factory that is bought by a foreign firm. With the reorganization of the factory she is sacked. As unemployed she tries to find another position. She has a boyfriend, a cynic macho who is involved in some dirty business and tries to manipulate her feelings. But she refuses to make the compromises he asked her to do but accepts a new relationship with a very rich man who finally offers her stability, love and care she deserves.

 

 

 

DUPA- AMIAZA UNUI TORTIONAR/THE AFTERNOON OF A TORTURER

Production: ROMANIA, THE BUCHAREST CINEMA STUDIO OF THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE, FILMEX, with the support of NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY;

2002;

1h.17min.

Screenplay and directing: Lucian Pintilie;

Director of photography: Calin Gibu;

Editor: Nita Chivulescu;

Set decorator and costumes: Gloria Papura;

With: Gheorghe Dinica, Radu Beligan, Ioana Macarie, Coca Bloss, Dorina Chiriac.

 

            A journalist and a professor are making reportage with a very interesting character, a former torturer.  During the interview, the torturer talks about his entire life: how he killed his father with cold blood, how he stills from the state and how he tortured innocent people in political jails and how he escape the punishment by been sent to the madhouse. Now he is a simple been raiser who lives quietly and isolated with his wife and his son.

 

 

 

OCCIDENT

Production: ROMANIA; TEMPLE FILMS, with the support of NATIONAL CENTER FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY;

2002;

1h.40min.

Screenplay and directing: Cristian Mungiu ;

Director of photography: Vivi Dragan Vasile;

Editing: Nita Chivulescu;

Music: Petru Margineanu, Ioan Gyuri Pascu;

With: Alexandru Papadopol, Dorel Visan, Tania Popa, Coca Bloss, and Tora Vasilescu.

 

            “Occident” gathers and intersects several stories about immigration and especially about those who remain back home. The three main characters of the film influence each other’s life even without themselves knowing it. Almost everyone seems to want to leave Romania where life does not have too much to offer. Luci and his fiancée Sorina have just become homeless. Sorina’s father would have found something but he has been dead for years. Sorina and Luci go to his grave, waiting for a sign from heaven. In this cemetery, the free different stories come together. A bride cries on a bench, a couple of policemen rush down an alley, a red car runs slowly behind the graves. Sorina and Luci observe all these in tension. However, when the sign comes, it is far from mystical: a bottle falls from the sky, straight on Luci’s head. Fortunately, a kind Frenchman gives them a lift. For Sorina, this Jerome is her only chance to improve her situation and she moves with him straight away. In an attempt to win back Sorina, Luci takes a job as a living beer bottle. In this way he meets Mihaela, who was jilted at the altar and now works as a walking telephone commercial.

            The second and third part of the film will retell the same seven days in the life of the protagonists changing the point of view and allowing us to acquire unexpected meanings.