Several Romanian directors, including Nae Caranfil (photo), Cristian Mungiu and Radu Mihaileanu announced their film premieres for 2016, a year due to be dominated by reality-inspired family stories, noir comedies and adaptations, Mediafax reports.
Director and script writer Nae Caranfil announces his seventh long film “6,9 on the Richter Scale”. After shooting in the autumn of 2015, the filmmaker declared for Mediafax that the film will “most likely” be released in the autumn of 2016. “Now, we are working on editing and post-production and it will most likely be released next autumn (2016, editor’s note)”, Caranfil announced.
The Romanian – Bulgarian long film produced by Mobra Films and Jelfilm is a partially realist comedy with musical elements, Caranfil further declared. “I would not consider it a musical, because I know how to define that genre quite well and it does not fit the definition. It is a comedy I am trying to assemble out of apparently paradoxical ingredients. I mean, why would anyone stir depression, earthquake and musical in the same pan? To see what I get”, Nae Caranfil declared in an interview for Mediafax.
On the other hand, “Family Photographs” will be Cristian Mungiu’s first film since “Beyond the Hills”, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. Moreover, it will be for the first time that a work of the Palme d’Or winning filmmaker will have a male protagonist. A Romanian – French – Belgian co-production, the film discusses responsibilities of a parent’s life and was shot in the summer of 2015.
Radu Mihaileanu will also release in 2016 his first film spoken in English, “The History of Love”. Part of the shooting took place in 2015 in Canada and Romania, in Cluj-Napoca, and Mihai Calin and Ovidiu Cuncea are among the Romanian members of the cast, the producer of the film Tudor Giurgiu declared for Mediafax.
It is an adaptation after the bestseller of American writer Nicole Krauss, published in 2005; the film is an entwined story of the life of Leo Gursky, played by Derek Jacobi, who starred in films such as “The King’s Speech” (2010), by Tom Hooper, and “Gladiator” (2000), by Ridley Scott – from the times of the Holocaust and until modern New York. This will be Radu Mihaileanu’s first film after “The Concert”, launched in 2009.
The director of the successful animated docudrama “The Magical Mountain”, Anca Damian, will return to Romanian big screens in 2016 with the film “Perfectly Healthy”, starring Vlad Ivanov and Anghel Damian, for whom the roles were especially written. The film will be ready this spring, the director declared for Mediafax, and it is based on a real family story, with elements of fiction, violent scenes and a love story.