Radu Mihăileanu shoots English-language debut in Romania
by Stefan Dobroiu
- After extensive shoots in Montreal and New York, History of Love moves to Transylvania for two weeks
Radu Mihăileanu’s eagerly awaited English-language debut, The History of Love [+see also:
film profile], will start shooting in Romania on 25 July. The film is being produced by French production companies 2.4.7. Films (Persepolis [+see also:
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film profile]), represented by Marc-Antoine Robert and Xavier Rigault, and Mihăileanu’s own Oï Oï Oï Productions. The Romanian co-production company is Libra Film, represented by Tudor Giurgiu.
History of Love showcases a truly global cast. Derek Jacobi plays Leo, an old Polish Jewish immigrant who lives in New York, remembering the great love story of his life. Across town, in Brooklyn, young Alma (Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse) is determined to find the ideal man for her mother to remarry. Gemma Arterton plays Alma at a different age. Mihăileanu’s screenplay connects the two stories and three different generations with the help of a fictional book written before World War II in an Eastern European village. Wild Bunch, the film's global sales company, describes the project as a "joyful, tender and deeply moving saga".
The Romanian shoot will take place in Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest. Giurgiu tells Cineuropa that the production will be “difficult”, as the story spans a long period of time and takes place in several countries. “I am glad we can shoot in Transylvania, in and around the area of Cluj-Napoca, to prove that the idea of creating a regional film fund is a good one. There is great shooting potential in the area. I hope that we can attract other productions to Cluj-Napoca and to train local film professionals,” says Giurgiu.
History of Love will be released next year, hopefully after premiering at a major film festival.