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Gabriel Achim readying The Last Day


- The Romanian director’s second feature will start shooting in April

Gabriel Achim readying The Last Day
Director Gabriel Achim

After the 2011 release of his debut feature, Adalbert's Dream [+see also:
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, Gabriel Achim is now in pre-production with The Last Day [+see also:
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, a movie he will shoot independently through his production company, Green Film.

The Last Day centres on a special journey undertaken by four men from a provincial town. The mayor (Doru Ana), the policeman (Adrian Văncică) and the leader of the Christian youth association (Adrian Ciglenean) accompany their friend Adrian (Mimi Brănescu) on his trip to a monastery, where he has decided to start a new life as a monk. The mayor, an amateur filmmaker, offers to film the group's journey to the monastery, but he also has some secret plans for Adrian.

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The screenplay is written by Achim together with Cosmin Manolache, the co-writer of Adalbert's Dream. The director is also the producer of this €120,000 project, which will start shooting on 20 April and is expected to wrap on 10 May. Shooting will take place near Bucharest and in the nearby mountains. George Chiper-Lillemark is the DoP.

Achim decided to shoot his film independently after his project did not receive a grant at the two project contests organised by the Romanian National Film Center in 2014. The director says the Center discourages first-time producers, as the evaluation of a project always takes into account the producer's previous activity. In Achim’s view, this gives a significant advantage to established production companies.

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