Releases – Romania
Country Focus: Romanian box office grows 19% in the first semester
30 domestic releases expected in Romania in 2015
by Stefan Dobroiu
- The strong competition may change how local films are distributed in the country
2015 will be a busy year for domestic releases in Romania: approximately 30 films are already completed or will end production in time for a local premiere next year.
Among the most interesting new films are Radu Jude’s Aferim!, Florin Şerban’s Box, Tudor Giurgiu’s Why Me?, Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure, Marian Crişan’s Orizont [+see also:
interview: Marian Crisan
film profile], Radu Muntean’s One Floor Below and Cătălin Mitulescu’s El Rumano [+see also:
interview: Cătălin Mitulescu
film profile]. The release dates announced for many of these movies will depend on festival selections, but Anca Damian will release her new title, The Magic Mountain, in October.
A few movies have already been announced as featuring in the selections of important film festivals. This is the case for Ilinca Călugăreanu’s Chuck Norris vs Communism [+see also:
film profile] (Sundance, World Cinema Documentary Competition), Bobby Păunescu’s Pioneers Palace B’92 (Sundance, Special Events) and newcomer Adrian Ţofei, whose found-footage horror Be My Cat: A Film for Anne has just been announced in the competition at Fantasporto.
Several first features are expected next year, such as Anca Miruna Lăzărescu’s That Trip We Took With Dad [+see also:
interview: Anca Miruna Lazarescu
film profile], Ana Lungu’s The Self-Portrait of a Dutiful Daughter [+see also:
film profile], Nicolae Constantin Tănase’s The World Is Mine and Vlad Păunescu’s Live. Nap Toader, Adrian Sitaru, Cristian Comeagă, Lucian Alexandrescu, Ioan Cărmăzan, Andrei Zincă, George Dorobanţu, Adrian Enache and Adrian Popovici are among the other directors who will finish new features for a 2015 domestic release.
The high number of releases is expected to force producers and distributers to invest in promotion campaigns, as Romanian audiences are usually reluctant to favour local productions.
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