SALONTA: Romanian director Marian Crișan is currently shooting his fourth feature film Berliner in his hometown of Salonta, in Northern Transylvania. Moldavian DoP Oleg Mutu, who shot Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Beyond the Hills (Mobra Films), is lensing.
The film penned by Marian Crișan and Gabriel Andronache is a black comedy following a corrupt politician from Bucharest who arrives in a small town in Transylvania and who, trying to escape justice, decides to run for the EU parliament.
“Elections in small towns can sometimes be as passionate as running for the US president. I found Romanian politics on this scale to be funny, but at the same time telling some truths about election psychology and schemes everywhere in the world,” Crișan said in a statement.
The title of the film is taken from the famous quotation „Ich bin ein Berliner,” from the speech that John F. Kennedy gave in West Berlin in 1963.
The film stars Ion Sapdaru and the cast includes Ovidiu Crișan, Sorin Cociș and Maria Junghietu.
Crișan is producing though his company Rova Film with the support of the Romanian Film Centre (CNC), the Salonta City Hall and local investors.
Crișan didn’t reveal the budget, as it is not yet closed. He also told FNE that it’s too early to think about the date of the premiere.
Shooting is taking place entirely in Salonta from 1 October until 5 November 2018.
Marian Crișan won the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival for Megatron in 2008 and the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival for his debut feature Morgen (Mandragora) in 2010.
Credits:Director: Marian CrișanScriptwriters: Marian Crișan, Gabriel AndronacheDoP: Oleg MutuArt director: Simona PădurețuCast: Ion Sapdaru, Ovidiu Crișan, Sorin Cociș, Maria Junghietu