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Bogdan Mirică’s second feature, Boss, to be released domestically next spring

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- After Dogs and the HBO series Shadows, the Romanian director reinforces his dedication to the thriller genre

Bogdan Mirică’s second feature, Boss, to be released domestically next spring
Laurenţiu Bănescu in Boss (© Adi Marinesci)

If one were looking for a director-producer duo specialising in thrillers in the rather genre-free Romanian film industry, one should definitely check out the work of Bogdan Mirică and Corneliu Porumboiu. After releasing Mirică’s Cannes-selected debut feature, Dogs [+see also:
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, in 2016 and after trying his hand at the genre himself with The Whistlers [+see also:
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, Porumboiu’s team is now looking forward to the domestic release of Mirică’s second feature, Boss. The feature is being produced by Porumboiu and Roxana Garet through 42 Km Film (Romania), and co-produced by Gilles Chanial through Les Films Fauves (Luxembourg), Sean Wheelan through Filmgate Films (Sweden), and Anthony Muir and Kristina Börjeson through Film i Väst (Sweden).

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The screenplay, written by the director, focuses on Bogdan (Laurenţiu Bănescu, best known for playing the protagonist in Nae Caranfil’s 6.9 on the Richter Scale [+see also:
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), a meticulous ambulance driver working in poverty-stricken Bucharest, who takes part in an armed robbery together with three men he barely knows. As the robbery ends in disaster, Bogdan starts a thorough, almost compulsive investigation to dig up the true identities of his accomplices, but the more he discovers, the deeper he sinks into a spiral of fear and paranoia.

The film’s budget amounts to €1.48 million, with circa €560,000 coming from the Romanian National Film Center. The Film Fund Luxembourg has also supported the project. The shoot took place last year between the end of October and the beginning of December, mainly in Bucharest and the surrounding areas, and in the seaside city of Mangalia. Andrei Butică is the DoP. Ioana Bugarin, Sergiu Costache, Teodor Corban, Cosmina Stratan, Cuzin Toma, Mimi Brănescu and Diana Cavallioti play supporting characters.

The director tells Cineuropa, “Boss was not at all easy to make. It has many spectacular locations, but shooting there came with high risks, so everything had to be prepared in minute detail. For example, we had a night shoot on an active construction site, where we also had to perform a stunt […]. Everyone, including the production team, the stuntmen and the police (who were very much involved) had to coordinate perfectly.” Regarding the spirit of his story, the director says: “In Boss, more than ever, I have tried to capture the alienation felt by an individual who lives anonymously among his peers in a society where every interaction, no matter how insignificant, is actually a balance of forces and only the fittest survives.”

Boss will be released domestically by Bad Unicorn in the spring of 2023.

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