A glorious edition of Cannes Film Festival for Romania!
*Best Director for Bacalaureat (Graduation) by Cristian Mungiu
*FIPRESCI Award for Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade (Germany) co-produced by Ada Solomon
Un Certain Regard
FIPRESCI Award for Caini (Dogs) by Bogdan Mirică
Semaine de la Critique
France 4 Visionary Award for ALBÜM by Mehmet Can Mertoğlu (Turkey) co-produced by Oana Iancu & Calin Netzer, Romania
Sieranevada by Cristi Puiu, 4:15 PM Sfârșitul lumii by Catalin Rotaru, Gabi Virginia Sarga, All Rivers Run To The Sea by Alexandru Badea.
With emotion and hope we keep our fingers crossed to the 2 Romanian films competing for Palme D’Or, one feature film in Un Certain Regard competition and the 2 shorts also competing in Cannes these days. Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation (orig. Bacalaureat) closed yesterday (May 19th) a fantastic Romanian presence on the Croisette, and a series of press raves. Cristi Puiu was named “godfather of the Romanian New Wave” by Variety after his film, Sieranevada, was screened in the first days of the Festival. Also Bodgan Mirica’s debut in feature film was widely applauded by the critics, Variety appreciating the “breath-catching suspense” of Dogs.
So good luck, boys, you already won!
Universal Studios returned to Romania to film Dragonheart 4, toghether with the local Castel Film company. Shooting between 14th of April and the 6th of May, the production will involve building a medieval village in the outskirts of the Corvin Castle in Hunedoara. More than 500 extras, men and women, will be hired from the region. The fourth part of the Dragonheart franchise is again produced by Raffaella de Laurentiis.
Wild Carpathia is a fantastic project of a British team that aims to inspire people to take better care of their natural resources and protect this legacy for future generations. The 3 films they already made about Romania are available to watch here, the 4th part being produced right now. You can be part of project by donating, and therefore supporting it, but we strongly encourage you to start by watching the first 3 parts. Romania is truly a special place. Come visit!
Steven Seagal is shooting his sixth feature film in Romania, announces Film New Europe . He also shot in 2005 Attack Force and Shadow Man, directed by Richard Keusch, Richard Crudo’s Against the Dark in 2008, Lauro Chartrand’s Born to Raise Hell in 2009 and The Mercenary: Absolution, directed by Keoni Waxman in 2014. All the projects used Castel Film Studios as services provider.
Kit Harington joins Dakota Fanning and Guy Pearce on the cast of “Brimstone” to shoot in Romania, among other European countries, Variety announces. Martin Koolhoven (“Winter in Wartime”) is the writer and director of what was called “a vivid and powerful epic of one woman’s defiant resistance”.
Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close are now in Bucharest, starring Tommy Wirkola’s “What Happened to Monday?”. The sci-fy action movie is shooting entirely in Romania, in Castel Film studios and also on location.
The films of two highly acclaimed Romanian directors had been selected in Karlovy Vary 2015 official competition. We can’t wait to see the international premieres of BOX, by Florin Serban, and of LA MONTAGNE MAGIQUE, by Anca Damian. May the best one win!
Over the last few years, things have changed significantly in terms of industry opportunities at the Transilvania International Film Festival (29 May – 7 June, in Cluj-Napoca). As many as three programmes will aim to help local filmmakers and to improve co-production communication in the area. So do come to Romania, you will find plenty of business to do here.
Good news for the Romanian cinema! Two films by directors Radu Muntean and Corneliu Porumboiu are selected at Un Certain Regard, and one short film by Andrei Cretulescu at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes.
“Oscar-nominated star Jonah Hill is filming the true-life drama Arms and the Dudes on location in Romania and Morocco, in addition to various US locations. The film tells the story of two Miami slackers who ended up over their heads working as arms dealers during the Iraq War.”. Find more information on The Location Guide. The film was not advertised in Romania, therefore the only pictures available came from paparazzi and published by justjarred.com.
“Romania has launched a new website to promote its filming locations and production infrastructure. The country has hosted a variety of big shoots over the past decade and a half, including American Civil War dramas Cold Mountain and Hatfields & McCoys.”, sais The Location Guide.
Between 5 and 7 of March you may find us at AFCI Location Show in
Los Angeles, US. Come for a coffee and a chat at stand 209!