Soldiers. Story From Ferentari

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    Soldiers. Story From Ferentari

    Soldatii. Poveste din Ferentari

    Directed by

    Romania, Serbia, Belgium

    2017

    119 min

    • Romanian

    Drama

    Adi (40), a young anthropologist recently left by his girlfriend, moves to Ferentari (the poorest neighborhood in Bucharest), with the desire of writing a study on manele music (the pop music of Roma community). While researching his subject, he meets Alberto, a Roma ex-convict who promises Adi to help him. Soon, the two begin a romance in which Adi feeds Alberto with improbable plans of escaping poverty and Alberto reciprocates with well-concocted phrases of love. When the money runs out, both find themselves trapped in an apartment where they love and use each other, in a game of need and power that has no winners.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Adrian Schiop
    Vasile Pavel
    Ștefan Iancu
    Nicolae Marin
    Kana Hashimoto
    Dan Bursuc
    Cezar Grumăzescu
    Screenplay
    Ivana Mladenovic
    Adrian Schiop
    Cinematography
    Luchian Ciobanu
    Editing
    Catalin Cristutiu
    Sales
    BETA CINEMA
    Production
    FILM HOUSE BAS CELIK
    Production
    FRAKAS PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    HI FILM PRODUCTIONS
    Ivana Mladenovic

    Ivana Mladenovic

    Serbia

    Born in Serbia in 1984. After studying Law in Belgrade, Mladenovic moved to Romania and studied Film Directing at the National School of Film and Theatre (UNATC) in Bucharest. In 2011 she finished her MA in Film Directing at the same University. Her short student films were shown at various film festivals around the world. Her filmography includes: MILKY WAY (2007), which was selected in Vision du Reel, Astra IFF, Kassel Documentary & Video Festival, Rio de Janeiro Curta Cinema; PIZZA LOVE (2008), which won Best Foreign Director at Porto FF, Official Selection Plus Camerimage Poland; AFTERPARTY (2009), awarded as Best Directing Early Bird Student Film Fest Sofia, Fresh Film Festival Prague; and SKIN (2011), which premiered in the Official Selection of Namur FF. Her first feature documentary, TURN OFF THE LIGHTS (2009), premiered at Tribeca FF and won the Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Documentary and Gopo Award for Best Romanian Documentary. In 2013 she was selected for a seven month scriptwriting residency in Berlin, in the frame of Nipkow Program. In 2016 she made her debut as an actress in Radu Jude’s SCARRED HEARTS, whcih premiered in competition at Locarno FF. SOLDIERS. STORY FROM FERENTARI (2017) was her debut feature fiction film. Her latest work is the feature IVANA THE TERRIBLE (2019), which received the Special Jury Prize (Filmmakers of the Present) at Locarno FF.

    Selected Filmography