FNE at TIFF 2020: Romanian Days: 5 Minutes Too Late

    5 Minutes Too Late by Dan Chișu 5 Minutes Too Late by Dan Chișu Doria Drăgușin

    CLUJ-NAPOCA: Dan Chișu’s feature film 5 Minutes Too Late / 5 minute, inspired by real homophobic reactions that occurred during a screening of an LGBT film in Romania, will be showcased in the Romanian Days competition at the 19th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF). The festival is running in Cluj-Napoca from 31 July to 9 August 2020.

    Loosely inspired by a screening of Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, which was boycotted in Bucharest in 2013, Dan Chișu imagined a fictional story, where a fierce journalist investigates why the police hadn't stopped a conflict that led to a person's injury.

    „At the core of the film is the intention to understand concepts like truth, objectivity and even search. What are the starting points of your everyday searches? On the other hand, what are the limits and how much truth lies in our permanent need to make sense of our own actions or the others’ actions?”, writer/director Dan Chișu said in a statement.

    The main characters are played by Mihai Călin, Diana Cavalioti, Emanuel Pârvu, Ana Radu, Elvira Deatcu, Adrian Titieni and Gabriel Huian.

    The film is a Romanian coproduction between Anamaria Antoci through Domestic Film and Dan Chișu through DaKINO Production. The project is supported by the Romanian Film Centre, MEDIA – Creative Europe and Heineken Romania, in partnership with the Romanian Public Television (TVR). The budget was 635,000 EUR, Anamaria Antoci told FNE.

    The film was shot in four weeks from May to June 2018. It had its world premiere in the International Competition of the 35th edition of the Warsaw Film Festival (11-20 October 2019).

    Domestic Film planned to release the film in Romania in the spring of 2020, but the break of the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the premiere indefinitely.

    Production Information:

    Domestic Film (Romania)

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    DaKINO Production (Romania)

    Director: Dan Chișu
    Scriptwriter: Dan Chișu
    DoP: Adrian Silișteanu RSC
    Editor: Letiția Ștefănescu
    Sound: Marius Leftărache
    Art designer: Gina Călin
    Costume designer: Adina Bucur
    Makeup: Dana Roșeanu
    Hair styling: Manuela Simionescu
    Visual effects: Olga Avramov
    Cast: Mihai Călin, Diana Cavalioti, Emanuel Pârvu, Ana Radu, Elvira Deatcu, Adrian Titieni, Gabriel Huian