Soldaţii. Poveste din Ferentari

Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari

Adi, a young anthropologist recently left by his girlfriend, moves to Ferentari (the poorest neighborhood in Bucharest) to write a study on manele music (the pop music of the Roma community). While researching his subject, he meets Alberto, a Roma ex-convict who promises to help him. Soon, the two begin a romance in which Adi feeds Alberto improbable plans to escape poverty while Alberto reciprocates with well-concocted phrases of love. When the money runs out, both find themselves trapped in an apartment where they love and use each other, in a game of need and power that has no winners. (San Sebastián International Film Festival)

Director's Biography
Ivana Mladenović
Born in Serbia in 1984. After studying law in Belgrade, she moved to Romania, where she graduated in film directing in 2010 from the National School of Film and Theatre (UNATC) in Bucharest. Her student short films were shown at film festivals around the world. Her first documentary feature, “Turn off the Lights”, premiered at the Tribeca Festival in 2012. “Soldiers” is her first fictional film.

Film Selection: Soldaţii. Poveste din Ferentari (Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari, 2017) — If 6 was 9 (2013, short) — Lumea in patratele (Turn off the Lights, 2012, doc) — Skin (2011, short) — Afterparty (2009, short) — Pizza Love (2008, short) — Milky Way (2007, short)
Competition Fiction · Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2018
Ivana Mladenović
Romania / Suriname / Belgium 2017
119 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Ivana Mladenović, Adrian Schiop
Cinematography Luchian Ciobanu
Editing Cătălin Cristuţiu
Sound/Sounddesign Marc Alberisio, Valentin Mazingarbe
With Adrian Schiop, Vasile Pavel-Digudai, Stefan Iancu, Ńicolae Marin-Spaniolul, Kana Hashimoto, Dan Bursuc
Producer(s) Ada Solomon
HiFilm Productions, Film House Bas Celik, Farkas Productions
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Toronto International Film Festival 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere

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