Ruman adds autobiographical elements to Igor and the Cranes’ Journey
by Dorota Hartwich
21/04/2011 - Co-produced by Israel’s United Channels Movies, Poland’s Yeti and Germany’s Ulysses Filmproduktion, Evgeny Ruman’s debut feature Igor and the Cranes’ Journey started shooting a few days ago in Poland.
Scripted by Dity Guery, Igor and the Cranes’ Journey is based on Acky Shavit’s homonymous novel. Igor is a young boy from Moscow who emigrates with his mother to Israel, where he has to adapt to a new life.
This change brings him closer to his father. They both share the same fascination: they follow Karl, a young crane on its migration route between Siberia and Africa.
As the director points out, it’s a film about growing up, about life in a world that always offers new occupations to children who respond to the call. The feature also contains autobiographical elements, as the director emigrated as a teenager from Belarus to Israel.
The film stars several Polish actors, including Tomasz Sobczak (The General - The Gibraltar Assassination). The team also includes DoP Adam Sikora (who recently won acclaim for his work on Essential Killing [trailer, film focus]) and production designer Wojciech Zogala.
Igor and the Cranes’ Journey will be ready at the end of 2011 and international sales rights have been acquired by Spain’s Six Sales.
(Translated from French)