CLUJ-NAPOCA: Following its world premiere in competition at Cannes on 12 May 2016, Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada will screen out of competition in the Romanian Days section of the 15th edition of Transilvania IFF (TIFF) running 27 May - 5 June 2016.
In Bucharest, three days after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, a neurologist has to pick up his wife so that they can attend a family meal to commemorate his father, who died 40 days earlier. At his mother's flat, the guests are waiting for the priest to arrive while arguing about all kinds of things connected and unconnected with the world’s events.
“Sierranevada is a story about a commemoration that never gets to take place, a story about those who choose to escape into fiction and hide their fears behind ‘concrete reality’ when overwhelmed by a grief they cannot understand. It is the imperfect restitution of an unorthodox requiem,” Puiu said during shooting
Sieranevada is a coproduction between Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and France. It is produced by Anca Puiu through Mandragora in coproduction with Mirsad Purivatra and Sabina Brankovic through Produkcija 2006 Sarajevo, Lucian Pintilie through Studioul de Creaţie Cinematografică Romania, Labina Mitevski through Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production, Zdenka Gold through Spiritus Movens, Laurence Clerc and Olivier Thery Lapiney through Alcatraz Films, and also by Iadasarecasa and Arte France Cinéma.
The film was supported by the Romanian National Film Centre, Fondacija za Kinematografiju Sarajevo, the Macedonian Film Agency, the Eurimages, Region Ile de France and Eurimages.
Shooting took place in Bucharest in January - March 2015. The film stars an ensemble cast including Mimi Brănescu, Dana Dogaru, Ana Ciontea and Judith State. Barbu Bălăşoiu (Bogdan Mustata’s Lupu produced by Strada Film) is the DoP. Wild Bunch is handling the sales. The film will be released in Romania in autumn 2016.
Credits:Director: Cristi PuiuScript: Cristi PuiuDoP: Barbu BălăşoiuEditor: Letitia Ștefănescu, Ciprian Cimpoi, Iulia MureșanSound: Jean Paul Bernard, Filip Muresan, Christophe VingtrinierCostume Design: Maria Pitea, Doina RăducuțHair and Make-up: Mojca Gorogranc PetrushevskaCast: Mimi Brănescu, Judith State, Bogdan Dumitrache, Dana Dogaru, Sorin Medeleni, Ana Ciontea, Rolando Matsangos, Cătălina Moga, Marin Grigore, Tatiana Iekel, Marian Râlea, Ioana Crăciunescu, Ilona Brezoianu, Simona Ghiță, Valer Dellakeza, Andi Vasluianu, Mara Elena Andrei, Petra Kurtela