“Pororoca”, the most recent movie of the director Constantin Popescu, has been selected in the official competition of the Goteborg International Film Festival, which will take place between January 26 and February 5, in Sweden.
The Goteborg International Film Festival is the most important film festival of the Nordic countries and reached its 41st edition. During the 11 days of festival, more than 450 movies from around 80 countries will be screened. This year, Juliette Binoche will be present at the festival to receive the Honorary Dragon Award. The Goteborg Film Festival will host a special Ingmar Bergman focus, to celebrate 100 years since the birth of the great Swedish film director. Pororoca is one of the 20 international titles nominated for the Best International Film Award, along with titles like “The Death of Stalin” directed by Armando Ianucci, or “Disobedience” directed by Sebastián Lelio.
Pororoca’s international release took place at the San Sebastian Festival, where actor Bogdan Dumitrache has been awarded with the Best Actor Trophy. In Romania, the movie was released on January 19 and is screened in 20 cities.
At the end of this week, Pororoca will compete in the Voices section of the Rotterdam International Film Festival, along with 25 movies from all over the world, whose directors “have a unique voice, presenting the human condition from a unique point of view”.
Pororoca tells the story of Tudor (Bogdan Dumitrache) and Cristina (Iulia Lumanare). The two husbands have an ordinary life as a couple, without other apparent worries, related to the growth and education of their children: Maria (5 years old) and Ilie (7 years old). One Sunday morning, Tudor goes out with the kids in the park near their building. In one moment of inattention of the father, Maria disappears. Together with other parents, Tudor looks frantically after her. 30 minutes later, Tudor announces the police. Marie is officially deemed missing.
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“The movie aims to present a frequently encountered dramatic situation, namely the disappearance of a child. It reveals the way it affects a couple’s life, it erodes it, it ultimately decomposes it in the basic elements that form the feelings coming out after such a drama – guilt, pain, anger, despair. It also shows how the couple tries to cope with such a terrible event, when answers of any kind are missing. The story is gradually focused on Bogdan’s transformation and on the way he obsessively tries to find his little daughter, or at least to find out what happened to her” director Constantin Popescu says.
Constantin Popescu has directed the short movie “Porcul” in “Amintiri din epoca de aur” (2009). His first feature, “Portretul luptatorului la tinerete” (2010) participated in Berlinale Forum, and the second one, “Principii de viata” (2010) was present at the Zabaltegi section of the San Sebastian Festival, dedicated to the young film directors,
Pororoca is the name of a phenomenon that occurs on Amazon, when the waters of the Atlantic Ocean flows up the river and the adjacent rivers, forming waves that can reach 4 m heights. Its name comes from Tupi’s indigenous language, translated “strong roar” or “which can destroy everything with intense rage”.
“Our character, Tudor Ionescu, is in a moment when life turned against him and everything goes unnaturally” says Bogdan Dumitrache, who worked with a psychologist and had to lose 10 kilos in 5 weeks for this role.
“Pororoca” is a Scharf Film, Irrévérence Films production, supported by CNC Romania, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Institut Français, with the support of Eurimages.
The script and the directing are signed by Constantin Popescu. Casting: Bogdan Dumitrache, Iulia Lumanare, Adela Marghidan, Stefan Raus, Constantin Dogioiu, Elvira Deatcu, Ioana Flora, Adina Lucaciu, Emanuel Parvu, Izabela Neamtu, Dragos Olaru, Angel Popescu, Mircea Gheorghiu. The picture is signed by Liviu Marghidan, the editing by Corina Stavila, and the sound design by Mihai Bogos.
“Pororoca” is distributed in the Romanian cinemas by bad Unicorn, starting from January 19.