ARTS & LEISURE

Romanian version of “How to Steal a Million”

The director Nae Carenfil is working on a Romanian version of “How to Steal a Million”, based on a real-life theft in 1950s Romania, featuring Hollywood stars. Caranfil is shooting the feature film “Closer to the Moon” in Bucharest, in English, with Brits accounting for 90 pc of the cast. The American actress nominated to the Oscar for her performance in “Up in the Air”, Vera Farmiga, takes up Monica Saveanu’s part (Alice in the film), while British actor Mark Strong, who recently appeared in “The Way Back” and “Green Lan­tern”, takes up Alexandru Ioa­nid’s character. The cast also includes Harry Lloyd, Tim Plester, Christian McKay and Joe Armstrong. The characters’ real-life names have been changed, but the story remained the same: on a morning in August 1959, five persons wearing masks (four men and a woman), ex-nomenklatura mem­bers, all Jewish, rob the 16 Fe­bruarie office of the National Bank of Romania (Calea Giu­lesti) and make away with ROL 1.6 M (the equivalent of USD 250,000). Caranfil stated it had long been a dream of his to make a film that evokes English-language cinema.

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