PRODUCTION: 15 m EUR Yellow Tie Starring Ben Schnetzer, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson and Sean Bean Starts Shooting in Romania


    BUCHAREST: Ben Schnetzer has replaced Rupert Friend as Sergiu Celibidache in the 15 m EUR Romanian/British coproduction The Yellow Tie, the sophomore feature by the son of the great Romanian conductor, Serge Ioan Celebidachi, which starts shooting in Romania on 14 June 2023. Miranda Richardson and Sean Bean have joined the cast recently. John Malkovich, who had been previously announced, will play Celibidache in his later years.

    John Malkovich during the Bitter Wheat by David Mamet, 13 June 2019 in London, UK, photo by Jeff Spicer / Getty ImagesThe cast includes Kate Phillips, Anton Lesser and Charlie Rowe.

    The film written by James Olivier and Serge Ioan Celebidachi is produced by Adela Vrînceanu Celebidachi and Cristina Dobrițoiu from Romania’s Oblique Media Film, and James Olivier from Celi Films (UK). Andrei Boncea, Christopher Milburn and James Olivier are also producing, while Robert W. Cort is the executive producer.

    The film will be shot entirely in Bucharest till 17 August 2023.

    The budget is 15 m EUR, Cristina Dobrițoiu told FNE.

    The crew includes cinematographer Peter Menzies, costume designer Alessandro Lai, hair and make-up designer Lynda Armstrong and production designer Vlad Vieru, while Kathryn Kluge and Kim Allen Kluge are composing the score.

    Sergiu Celibidache was born in the small Romanian city of Roman. Still a teenager, he was banished from the family home by his father, upon declaring his commitment to a career in music. After enduring homelessness in Bucharest, he travelled to Berlin to pursue his dream but encountered prejudice and discrimination. Having survived WWII, he won a competition to become the youngest ever conductor of the revered Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

    A staunch opponent of his homeland’s authoritarian regime, Celibidache lived a life of personal sacrifice and separation, but became one of the most iconic conductors of the twentieth century. However, his uncompromising nature and his steadfast refusal to record also made him a highly contentious figure.

    Production Information:

    Ben Schnetzer, photo by Emilio Madrid KuserProducer:
    Oblique Media Film (Romania)

    Celi Films (UK)

    Director: Serge Ioan Celebidachi
    Scriptwriters: James Olivier, Serge Ioan Celebidachi
    DoP: Peter Menzies
    Costume designer: Alessandro Lai
    Hair and make-up designer: Lynda Armstrong
    Production designer: Vlad Vieru
    Music composers: Kathryn Kluge, Kim Allen Kluge
    Cast: Ben Schnetzer, Kate Phillips, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Sean Bean, Anton Lesser, Charlie Rowe