Bogdan Mirică preparing to shoot Dogs
by Stefan Dobroiu
- Production for the Romanian-French-Bulgarian project will start in August
Young director Bogdan Mirică, known for his short film Bora Bora, and for writing and co-directing the HBO Romania TV show Shadows, will start production on his debut feature in August. Dogs [+see also:
interview: Bogdan Mirica
film profile] is a drama-thriller produced by 42 Km Film (Romania), EZ Films (France) and Argo Film (Bulgaria). Marcela Ursu is the producer.
The story centres on Roman, a young man from the city who goes to an isolated village in the county of Dobrogea, near the Romania-Ukraine border, where he wants to sell the land he has inherited from his recently deceased grandfather. Roman will find out that his grandfather was a powerful gangster and that the land he now wants to sell is used by criminals for their seedy transactions. Roman will soon come to learn that his intentions for the land have turned him into a target.
Mirică has started looking for actors and scouting for locations. Shooting is scheduled for August, in the county of Dobrogea, and is expected to last four to five weeks. The film’s budget is estimated at €700,000. Dogs has received support from Eurimages (see the news) and from the Romanian National Film Center. Andrei Butică is the DoP.
Mirică told Cineuropa that he started writing the screenplay four years ago and that the topic is closely related to experiences from his childhood, which he spent in an area similar to the one he wants to explore in the film. “It is about fear and one man’s instinct to dominate others,” the director says, also explaining that the movie’s title is inspired by a Romanian expression, “to be dog with someone”, which means to treat a person like an animal.
The domestic release of Dogs is expected to take place in 2016, hopefully after a world premiere at a major film festival.