Three Romanian films compete in Karlovy Vary


Three Romanian features directed by Florin Şerban, Anca Damian and Nicolae Constantin Tănase will be screened at the 50th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (3-11 July).

Five years after his first feature, If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, won the Berlinale Jury Grand Prix, Florin Şerban is presenting Box, a drama about Anghel (Rafael Florea), a 19-year-old boxer, and Cristina (Hilda Péter), a 30-year-old mother. They come from very different backgrounds, and Şerban stresses this aspect of his story by using professional actors for Cristina’s story and non-professionals for Anghel’s. The film is produced by Fantascope, and co-produced by augenschein Filmproduktion (Germany) and MPM Film (France). The Match Factory handles the international sales.

Anca Damian’s The Magic Mountain uses similar animation techniques to her previous animated hit, Crulic – The Path to Beyond, to tell the story of Adam Jacek Winkler, a Polish refugee in Paris who will find himself fighting against the Soviets in 1980s Afghanistan. A blend of family-archive items and voice-over narration re-creates Winkler’s adventurous life. The film is produced by Aparte Film (Romania), Arizona Productions (France) and Filmograf (Poland).

Having been shown in the Romanian Days competition at the Transilvania International Film Festival (29 May – 7 June, Cluj-Napoca), The World Is Mine won the sidebar’s Best First Feature Award. Nicolae Constantin Tănase’s movie centres on Larisa (newcomer Ana-Maria Guran), a 16-year-old girl from a small Romanian town whose plans for a better future will face a series of obstacles. The World Is Mine was independently produced by Libra Film and deFilm.