Radu Jude in post-production with Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
- The film follows what happens after a secondary-school teacher posts an amateur porn clip on a website
Romanian director Radu Jude is currently in post-production with his ninth feature, Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (formerly known as Sleepwalkers). The project is being produced by Ada Solomon through microFILM, and co-produced by Paul Thiltges Distributions (Luxembourg), Endorfilm (Czech Republic) and Kinorama (Croatia).
The screenplay, written by Jude, will explore the relationship between the individual and society by showing what happens when a young secondary-school teacher (Katia Pascariu) posts an amateur porn clip on a website. The consequences of this decision will affect her life deeply.
The film was shot in Bucharest in August and September, with Marius Panduru serving as DoP. The total budget amounts to approximately €900,000. The project received around €217,000 from the Romanian National Film Center. It was also supported by Cinéworld - Film Fund Luxembourg, the Czech Film Fund and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre. Claudia Ieremia, Olimpia Mălai, Nicodim Ungureanu, Alexandru Potocean and Andi Vasluianu play other significant characters in the film.
Producer Ada Solomon tells Cineuropa that the production process had to be changed completely because of the pandemic. Originally planned for a mid-autumn shoot, the project was moved almost two months earlier when it became clear at the beginning of the summer that the pandemic was here to stay. “Thanks to the responsible attitude of our director, we shot the film safely, with a limited crew and moving the main location from inside to outside. We also decided to integrate the pandemic situation into the story and have the ensemble of actors wear masks on screen,” the producer explained, stressing that the Romanian authorities have not implemented any kind of support for film production under new health regulations.
Jude explains his approach to his new feature by adding a subtitle, Sketch for a Popular Film, to the film’s main title. “If the title is pretty straightforward, the subtitle deserves a more detailed explanation. Malraux wrote somewhere, 'Delacroix, although he used to say that a finished painting is indeed superior to a sketch, preserved many of his sketches, considering them pieces of art as significant as some of his best paintings.' I drew a lot of meaning from this idea, and I decided to apply it to cinema, exploring what it would be like to make a film similar to a sketch, left unfinished and crude.”
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