PRODUCTION: The Japanese Dog in development

By Iulia Blaga

    BUCHAREST: Romanian director Tudor Jurgiu is in development on his first feature, The Japanese Dog (Câinele japonez), about an old man, Costache Moldu, who tries to connect with his estranged son after a flood has swept away his wife and house. The script, by Ioan Antoci won the HBO Romania script contest in 2008 and the Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award (www.scripteast.pl ) in 2009.

    The film, which won a production grant of € 221,253 from the National Centre for Cinema (www.cncinema.abt.ro ), is produced by the Romania's Libra Film (www.librafilm.net) with a budget of €700,000. The DOP is Andrei Butică.

    Born in 1984, Jurgiu studied at the Drama and Film University in Bucharest. Before his feature debut he directed shorts, among them Oli's Wedding (Nunta lui Oli), which was awarded best fiction short at Leeds (www.leedsfilm.com ) and best Romanian short at the Gala Gopo (www.premiilegopo.ro ) this year.

    The shoot will take place in spring or autumn and Libra is looking for a foreign co-producer, preferably in Poland, since the Kieslowski award has generated interest there. Talks with HBO Romania about a possible pre-buy are likely. Release is planned for February 2012.

    Production Information:

    Libra Film
    52 Popa Soare street , Et. 1, Ap. 4
    Sector 2 Bucureşti, România
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    Director: Tudor Jurgiu
    Script: Ioan Antoci
    DOP: Andrei Butică