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Northern Railway Station turns into cinema

The newest film directed by Catalin Mitulescu – available from April 22


They say that Northern Railway Station saw more honest kisses than the Registry Office. “How many movies have you seen until now at the Northern Railway Station?” the promotion team of “Beyond the Railroad” movie is asking, inviting the audience beyond the railroad, to see a tensioned and tender love story which is full of magic and fantastic realism, happening on the outskirts of Bucharest.

Radu’s coming back from Italy, after missing one year, but he finds his wife totally changed. They spend a night trying to find each other. Distance has created mistrust and confusion between them, but Radu hopes in a new beginning. Music is ringing out beyond the railroad and all the friends are spending to a wedding in the neighborhood. The night has never been longer.

Being a co-production between Romania, Italy and Sweden, made by Strada Film, Apapaja, Film I Väst, The Chimney and Digital Cube, Catalin Mitulescu’s most recent film “Beyond the Railroad” is a romantic comedy having nostalgic tones, being full of Levantine music, suspense and humor. Casting: Ada Condeescu and Alexandru Potocean.

“There’s a lot of tension in a couple when the two lovers see each other after a long time has passed. Their meeting has a tremendous stake, particularly if they love each other” says Catalin Mitulescu, talking about his film.

“Beyond the Railroad” reveals a live, effervescent and human Bucharest, rebuilt by the Film Director Catalin Mitulescu from a memory that he brings into present. It’s a relational story about a woman’s capacity to remake the disintegrated family liaisons, about the power games between genres and about a symbolic moment of the Romanian transition: massive migration to West, for an apparently better world, leaving the old one behind, in oblivion.

Catalin Mitulescu’s director career started with the selection of his first two short films for Cannes Festival, while the third one called “Traffic” was awarded with Palme d’Or in 2004. His start in the feature film category, in 2006, was also successful. The movie called “The Way I Spent the End of the World” was shown for the first time in the “Un certain regard” section at Cannes, as well as his next movie called “Loverboy”.

Ada Condeescu is seen as one of the best young European actors. Her main role in “Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier” (“If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle”), directed by Florin Serban, marks her debut as an actor playing in a feature film, which was the winner of the “Silver Bear” Award at Berlinale. Her cooperation with the director Catalin Mitulescu started in 2011, when she played in “Loverboy”, her role bringing the “Heart of Sarajevo” Best Actress Award within the Sarajevo Film Festival. In 2013 she participated to EFP Shooting Star in Berlin, playing in the film called “Lupu”, signed by Bogdan Mustata. In 2014 she cooperated with the director Jasmila Zbanic for the Croatian movie called “Love Island”.

Alexandru Potocean’s debut produced in 2005, with the movie called “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu”, followed by “The Paper Will Be Blue”, “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”, “Quite Wedding”, “Boogie”, “Memories from Golden Age” and many other local productions. Also to be mentioned the roles in “The Whistleblower”, where he played together with Monica Belucci, Rachel Weisz and Benedict Cumberbatch, or “The Way Back”, where his colleagues were Ed Harris and Colin Farrell.

The preview will take place On Wednesday, April 20, not in a cinema, but in a heritage monument, namely inside the Northern Railway Royal Hall, where King Carol I was waiting for the train to come. “Beyond the Railroad” is available in cinemas starting at April 22.


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