19-04-2010

PRODUCTION: Adalbert's Dream in pre-production

Written by Iulia Blaga

Gabriel Achim's first feature, Aldabert's Dream, is a black comedy set on May 8, 1986, the anniversary of the Communist Party, and the day following a historic Champion's League football win for Romania.

Achim also wrote the script based on the true story of a workplac accident re-enactment that caused a new accident. The main character (played by Gabriel Spahiu) is a technician whose life is turned upside down when he has to show two propaganda labour protection films at the factory's party. Achim told FNE that he decided to shoot the entire film with an S-VHS camera, "for the good old times sake." He works with George Chiper as the DOP.

Adalbert's Dream/Visul lui Adalbert is a Romanian-French-Finnish co-production between Achim for Green Film (www.greenfilm.ro), Mikko Tenhunen for Lookout Films, and Laurent Lavolé for Gloria Films (www.gloriafilms.fr). Daniel Burlac is an associate producer. Romanian actors Ozana Oancea, Doru Ana, Mimi Brănescu, Anca Androne, Paul Ipate and Adrian Văncică complete the cast.

The project participated in the Connecting Cottbus Co-production Market (www.connecting-cottbus.de) in 2008, Crossroads Co-production Forum Thessaloniki IFF 2009, Atelier d'Angers - Jeanne Moreau 2009, and also won the Baltic Event Co-production Market (market.poff.ee/est) at Tallinn IFF in 2009. Backers include local private partners, the most important of them being UniCredit Ţiriac (www.unicredit-tiriac.ro ). The Romanian producer will also apply for a grant from the National Centre for Cinema (www.cncinema.abt.ro).

Shooting is due to start in May 2010 in Romania. The national premiere will be in 2011.

Production information

Green Film

11 Plantelor St, Apt 1,

Bucharest 2, Romania

Phone: + 40. 031.71.23.305

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Lookout Films

Rypälekuja 2 F 11

02710 Espoo

Finland

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Mobile: +358 405069435

Gloria Films

65, rue Montmartre

75002 Paris France

Phone: +33 1.42.21.42.11

Fax: +33 1.42.21.43.31

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Credits

Director: Gabriel Achim

Script: Gabriel Achim

DOP: George Chiper

Editing: Dorin Pene

Cast: Gabriel Spahiu

Ozana Oancea

Doru Ana

Mimi Brănescu

Anca Androne

Paul Ipate

Adrian Văncică