“Prima Noapte” (First Night) film, written and directed by Andrei Tanase, won the Minister of Fine Arts Promotion Prize of the National Competition at the 29th edition of the Dresden Short Film International Festival – Filmfest, informs a press release by Libra Film.
“A special moment in a young person’s life. One that we would have imagined differently. And he, helplessly overreacts. The director very sensitively discloses the frailty of the coming-of-age male identity and every once in a while peeks at a certain social environment. A movie that captures authentically one moment. A movie that stays with you,” reads the Dresden Filmfest jury’s argument, quoted in the release.
The film casts Alfredo Minea and Cristiana Luca, alongside Mimi Branescu and Elvira Deatcu. Barbu Balasoiu is director of photography (Sieranevada).
The movie also competed in 2016 for the award granted for the best short film in Orizzonti section of Venice Film Festival.
According to the release, “Prima Noapte” is an independent short film, accomplished without the Cinematography National Centre’s help. The film is co-produced by Deutsche Exotik Filmproduktion GmbH, Libra Film Productions, Commitet and ARTE/ SWR Germany.
Andrei Tanase (born in 1982) studied cinema at the National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest. He directed short films that were selected and received awards in festivals such as: “Vacanta la Tara” (Summer break) (2015) awarded with Luna Prize at NexT Film Festival and selected at TIFF, Namur International French-Language Film Festival, Dresden Filmfest, “Claudiu si crapii” (Claudiu and the Fish) (2013), screened at Cottbus, TIFF, Namur or Molodist (Kiev), “Kings of the Castle” (co-directed with Vlad Ilievici, short documentary, 2010), “McRussia (short documentary, 2008), “Love Forever” (2006), “Myriapod” (2004).