Romanian film in Locarno Film Festival competition

‘Morgen’, the first feature film from 2008 short film Palm d’Or winning director Marian Crisan has been selected among the nearly 20 films participating in Europe’s fourth most important international film festival in Locarno. ‘Morgen’ tells the story of Nelu, an amateur fisherman from Transylvania, who, during one of his fishing parties, discovers an illegal Kurdish immigrant at the Romanian-Hungarian border. He and his wife Florica need to decide on what to do about their discovery. The cast of characters mostly features Transylvanian drama actors such as Andras Hathazi playing Nelu and Elvira Rimbu playing Florica. The film was shot last autumn near Crisan’s home town of Salonta. As a matter of fact, the director inspired his script from real events covered by the Oradea media at the time: several illegal immigrants were discovered in the canals at the Romanian-Hungarian border. “From that point on, the story is all fictional,” Crisan told ‘Cinemagia’ at the beginning of the shootings.

‘Morgen’ is the first Romanian film competing within the Locarno International Film Festival since Nicolae Caranfil’s ‘The Rest is Silence’ in 2007. Radu Muntean, too, participated in the Locarno festival with ‘The Paper Will Be Blue’, in 2006, but the most resounding success of a Romanian film director on the Swiss festival was Petre Calin Netzer’s feature film debut ‘Maria’ that, in 2003, landed a number of awards, including the Special Jury Award and the Bronze Leopards for actors Serban Ionescu and Diana Dumbrava. ‘Morgen’, a film produced by Mandragora, Slot Machine and Katapult Films, is due on Romanian screens this year.

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