The most waited Romanian thriller of the year, Dogs, directed by Bogdan Mirica, will benefit from a special creening, in preview, at the Herastrau Summer Theater on Thursday, September 22, starting at 8.30 pm. The director, a part of the movie’s team and the starring actors Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov and Gheorghe Visu will meet the audience, speaking about their experience from filming, about the emotions at Cannes, TIFF and Sarajevo, where Dogs had sold out screenings, winning important awards.
Special screenings and meetings with the filmmakers and actors will be held in several cities across the country, their schedule being announced soon. Tickets were sold long before the screening at the first public views, at TIFF, which is why two additional shows were organized, both of them also sold out. Starting from September 23, Dogs can be viewed on the Romanian screens, distributed by Transilvania Film. Official trailer: http://bit.ly/2blVyZS .
Dogs marks the feature debut of Bogdan Mirica, the screenwriter and the co-director of the HBO TV series called Shadows. The film was rewarded at the Cannes Festival, it won the Transilvania Trophy at TIFF 2016 and two awards at the Sarajevo Festival: Heart of Sarajevo for The best actor – Gheorghe Visu, and the Special Mention of the Jury. This autumn, the film will be screened in festivals from Finland, Norway, Canada, Poland, Israel, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, USA and Italy.
“The script started from a well-known world to me – the world of my childhood, at my grandmother, at the country. Actually, I was not so interested about the world, but my feelings towards it, feelings that I still have in me. I remember the arbitrary, unpredictable nature of the violence from there – I saw people being ready to kill each other without a clear stake – and this seems scary to me. How can you defend yourself from something you cannot anticipate – not even theoretically?” said Bogdan Mirica.
The action is located near to the Ukrainian border. Roman, a young boy from the city, arrives in an isolated village from Dobrogea, where he plans to sell the land inherited from his grandfather who died several months ago. While he was trying to sell the land, Roman gradually becomes the witness of some strange events. A general feeling of threat is in the air.
In the casting, alongside Dragos bucur, Vlad Ivanov and Gheorghe Visu, you may see Teodor Corban, Raluca Aprodu, Costel Cascaval, Constantin Cojocaru, Emilian Oprea and Andrei Ciopec.
Bogdan Mirica, acknowledged for the TV series called Shadows (HBO), signs the direction and the script of the film. The director of photography is Andrei Butica, the film editing was performed by Roxana Szel, the sound was managed by Sam Cohen, Sebastian Zsemlye and Hervé Buirette, scenography belongs to Augustina Stanciu, while the costumes are the work of Elena Stoyanova. Music was written by Codrin Lazar and Sorin Romanescu.
Dogs is produced by 42 Km Film (Marcela Ursu) and EZ Films (Elie Meirovitz), and co-produced by Argo Film (Stephan Komandarev). The France – Romania – Bulgaria – Qatar co-production was performed with the support of the National Center of the Cinematography, Centre national de cinéma et de l’image animée from France, CNC Bulgaria, Canal +, Eurimages and the GAN Foundation, Doha Film Institute, with the participation of HBO Romania.
The thriller “Dogs” will premiere in French cinemas
In the same time with the premiere in the Romanian cinemas, on September 23, the thriller “Dogs”, directed by Bogdan Mirica, will be launched on the French big screens. The movie will officially enter the cinemas on September 28.
The distributor of the “Dogs” thriller is BAC Films, one of the most important film sales and distribution companies in France.
The French press has already dedicated glowing reviews to the film at Cannes Festival, where it won the FIPRESCI Award. “Revenge and Romanian Mafia in a film of a contagious violence”, headlined Les Inrockuptibles, saying that the film is “closer to the American western than to the Romanian contemporary movie”. “In an isolated Romania, which the director makes look like the American West, lands a young heir of several hundreds of hectares of barren land, left by his grandfather. The only solution: to sell it as quick as possible. (…) The work of a real talent. Impressive”, also wrote Télérama.
“Romanian cinema is literally shining with ‘Dogs’, a revelation which fully deserved to be applauded at Cannes”, also appreciates Publikart. “Dogs is a story about borders. A camouflaged western, with its helpless sheriff, volunteer only as a last resort, in the manner of Gary Cooper in High Noon , the movie draws the new boundaries of the unknown, in the East, there, at the border of a not so beloved Europe”, writes Band-a-Part.fr.