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July 31, 2021

“Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier” – Romania’s entry for Oscars

The feature film “Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier” (If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle), directed by Florin Serban, is Romania’s proposal for the 2010 Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category, representatives of the National Cinematography Centre (CNC) announced. “I am happy about this, but we shouldn’t make a fuss about it, as it’s merely a proposal. The selection process isn’t over yet. I am glad the film was given a nod,” Florin Serban stated, for Mediafax. A jury made up of Eugenia Voda, film critic and TV host, Magda Mihailescu, film critic, Cristina Corciovescu, film critic, Mihai Chirilov, film critic, the artistic director of the Transylvania International Film Festival (Cluj-Napoca), Dana Duma, film critic, Dinu Tanase, cinematographer and director, and Eugen Athanasiu, decided, by a five-vote majority, that the film “Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier”, directed by Florin Serban, should represent Romania in the Best Foreign Language Film category, at the 2011 edition of the Oscars. The film in question, Florin Serban’s feature film debut, is the first Romanian film in the past 17 years to have entered the official competition of the Berlin Film Festival and, also, to have won two important awards: the grand prize of the jury – the Silver Bear and the “Alfred Bauer” distinction.

After four years spent in a prison by the Danube, Silviu (played by George Pistereanu) advanced in the ruling hierarchy, to the rank of Master. Two weeks before his release, he receives an unexpected visit. He finds out that his mother came back home, after spending a long time in Italy, and that she intends to take his younger brother back with her. Silviu has five days to find a solution. The five days become an eternity when he falls in love with a beautiful Sociology student, Ana (Ada Condescu), who came to prison on a practice stage. Overwhelmed with emotion and pressed for time, Silviu closes his eyes. Freedom, the wind, the road, the first kiss. From this moment onwards anything can happen to him. The film was allotted a EUR 900,000-budget, out of which about EUR 250,000 were CNC funds. Moreover, the “Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier” project collected two awards in the Sarajevo International Film Festival: in 2009, it was awarded pos-production services worth EUR 80,000 and, in 2008, it won The Magic Box Service award in CineLink.

According to the regulations of the American Film Academy, which awards the Oscars, productions which may qualify in the Best Foreign Language Film category have to be feature films produced outside the US, with dialogue carried out preponderantly in a language other than English, which were launched in the country of origin no sooner than October 1, 2009, and no later than September 30, 2010. Moreover, the eligible films have to have been running for at least seven days in a row in a theatre and have to bring a profit to the producer and distributor. Each country’s proposal has to be sent in by October 1st of the year in progress. Each country is entitled to only one proposal. The nominees to the 2011 Oscars will be announced on January 25, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles. The 83rd Oscar gala will take place on February 27, 2011, in Los Angeles.

Last year, Romania’s proposal to the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar was “Politist, adjectiv” (Police, Adjective), directed by Corneliu Porumboiu.

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