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“Anochece en la India” to be premiered in Romanian cinema theatres on December 5

The long film “Anochece en la India”, directed by Chema Rodríguez, a Spanish – Romanian – Swedish co-production starring actress Clara Voda, will be distributed in Romanian cinemas starting on December 5.

The film tells the story of Ricardo (Juan Diego) who had spent his youth carrying young hippies in India with a van. He spent the last ten years of his life in a wheelchair due to an untreatable illness. As his last wish is to die on the shore of the river Ganges, he will make a final journey to India, accompanied by his Romanian nurse, Dana, played by Clara Voda.

The film won two major trophies at the Spanish Film Festival in Malaga, for Best Actor (Juan Diego) and Best Editing  (José M. G. Moyano).

“When somebody asks me about the genre of the film “Anochece en la India”, I do not know what to answer. It might be defined as a dramatic adventure with comedic accents, or as a dramatic comedy under the circumstances of an initiation journey”, Chema Rodriguez confessed.

Ricardo’s adventure and the character in the film are based on a real story. The film is an adaptation of the book Night Falls in Kathmandu, published by the director in 2003, and presents the story of Lorenzo del Amo.

Lorenzo lived in India during the 70s and there he met Adinda, the woman who inspired the “ghost” character of Gadhali. By her side, he lived the happiest years of his life, until she left him for a North-American man because he was richer and looked less hippie than Lorenzo. After he returned in Europe, Lorenzo bought a van and started a tourist business, initially focused on countries in the East of the continent and later expanding to Africa. There, as he was swimming in the river Niger, he had an accident and became a paraplegic. Ever since, he was forced to stay in a wheelchair and kept dreaming to return to India.

“Clara Voda is a wonderful actress, an incredibly sensitive person, and ever since I saw her in ‘When I Want to Whistle, I Whistle’ I knew that she had to be Dana.

Her performance and her capacity to naturally express feelings, without talking, merely using her eyes and facial expression… I saw other works included in her filmography, too, and it was a pleasure for me to work with her. Her performance in “Anochece en la India”, where she has the lead role, is outstanding. The film would not have been the same without her”, the director added.

“Anochece en la India” is the first long fiction film by Chema Rodriguez, after he authored over 50 television documentaries and three documentaries for cinema.

The shooting took place in Romania (Strada Film), Turkey, Spain and India.

“It was a delight for us to shoot some of  “Anochece en la India” in Bucharest, because thus I had the opportunity to meet many talented persons. I am fascinated by contemporary Romanian cinema, I admire the young generation of Romanian filmmakers (Catalin Mitulescu, Florin Serban, Cristi Puiu, Cristian Mungiu etc.)”, Chema declared.

The film will be premiered on December 5 at the New Cinema of the Romanian Director.



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