SOLDAŢII, POVESTE DIN FERENTARI
Dir: Ivana Mladenovic
Scr: Ivana Mladenovic, Adrian Schiop
Cast: Adrian Schiop, Vasile Pavel-Digudai, Stefan Iancu, Nicolae Marin-Spaniolul, Kana Hashimoto, Dan Bursuc
Romania, Serbia, Belgium | 2017 | 119’ | drama, romance
O.V. Romanian with Spanish subtitles
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Adi, a young anthropologist recently dumped by his girlfriend, moves to Ferentari (the poorest neighborhood in Bucharest) to write a study on manele music (the pop music of the Roma community). While researching his subject, he meets Alberto, a Roma ex-convict who promises to help him. Soon, the two begin a romance in which Adi feeds Alberto improbable plans to escape poverty while 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.
Skilfully combining genres and playing with the nerves of the audience, who fear in some scenes that it is going to turn into a bloody thriller, Soldații was one of the surprises in the Official Section at the last San Sebastian Festival.
FESTIVALS: TIFF 2017, 65 San Sebastian Festival, CinEast