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December 2, 2020
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Harvey Keitel, Gerard Depardieu to film in Romania this autumn

Harvey Keitel and Gerard Depardieu will be in Sighisoara this autumn to film co-production “So I Say,” directed by Bogdan Dumitrescu Dreyer. The film is an adaptation of Titus Popovici’s short story “Moartea lui Ipu” (“Ipu’s Death”) which was previously adapted for the silver screen by Sergiu Nicolaescu in 1972, under the title “Atunci i-am condamnat pe toti la moarte” (“Then I Sentenced Them All to Death”).


Depardieu and Keitel will take on the roles played by Amza Pellea and Ion Besoiu in Nicolaescu’s film – that of lead character Ipu and Father Ioan. The cast will include several Romanian actors, such as Dorel Visan, Bogdan Iancu, Alexandru Bindea, Gabriel Spahiu, Adina Cartianu and Mihai Constantin.


The plot unfolds in Transylvania during World War II, when the death of a German soldier risks bringing a harsh punishment upon an entire village. Because the person who killed the soldier does not assume responsibility over the crime, villagers trying to convince mad man Ipu to take blame, promising him in return a funeral worthy of a real hero.


The film’s script was written by late Piero de Bernardi, famous among others for his work on Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in America” script, and by Anusavan Salamanian, the best sound engineer in Romania, who also co-wrote two films by Nicolaescu, “Osanda” (“The Punishment”) and “Ultima noapte de dragoste” (“The Last Night of Love”).


“So I Say” is produced by Romanian company Tandem Film Production, together with Germany’s Harbour Entertainment and France’s CDP Productions, with a EUR 2.6 M budget. The film will be filmed in French and is now in pre-production.

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