“Red Gloves” is a Total TV production, in collaboration with Atlantis Film and Zenith Media, with the support of the National Cinematography Centre and the Romanian Television Company. The film is distributed by Ecran Cinema Management.
It was shot in Bucharest and Sibiu in the spring of 2009, during 36 days. The production was allotted an approx. EUR 750,000-budget. The film directed by Radu Gabrea is based on the eponymous novel of the German-language Romanian writer Eginald Schlattner and centres on the tale of a German (Saxon) student, victim of the ample arrest campaign which followed the 1956 uprising in Hungary.
The lead role in the production is taken on by Alexandru Mihaescu, and the cast also includes Andi Vasluianu, Udo Schenk, Marcel Iures, Mircea Rusu, Dan Astilean, Ion Grosu, Victoria Cocias and Ioana Iacob.
In Romania, “Red Gloves” was presented within the Transilvania Film Festival (TIFF) in Cluj, the Independent Film-Producers’ International Festival (IPIFF) – Mamaia and the Long Night of Romanian Film, in Bucharest. Internationally, the film was present at the Sao Paolo International Film Festival (Brazil), the Northern Film Festival in Leeuwarden, Holland, and the Saturno International Film Festival, in Italy, where Alexandru Mihaescu was awarded the Best Actor trophy.
“’Red Gloves’ is a film about psychological torture. A number of films have been made about what people went through in the communist prisons, a lot has been written about this. ‘My Prisons’, Ioanid’s book, is just one of the major books on this topic. All forms of torture were used to crush the very last flicker of resistance in the individual caught in the vice of the huge repressive mechanism of communist prisons. Film, however, except for the television ‘documentaries’, on the ‘memorial of suffering’, has never explored, up to now, the depths of the relation between the investigated and the investigator, in all its surprising complexity,” Radu Gabrea stated.
The film will be launched in Bucharest today, at the Patria Cinema, and will start running at the Scala Cinema and the Union Cinema, as of May 6, in Cluj (Florin Piersic Cinema, as of May 6), Sibiu (Arta Cinema, May 6), Tg. Mures (Arta Cinema, May 13), Iasi (Victoria Cinema, May 20), Medias (Mediensis Cinema, May 8), as well as in the Cityplex cinema network in Bucharest, Brasov and Constanta, as of May 27.