Spring Grants 2016
Current project status: COMPLETED
Young Roman gets a whole lot more than he bargained for when he inherits a large tract of land on the Romanian border with Ukraine from his late grandfather. His hopes that the sale of the property, for which as a city-dweller he has no particular use, will be a painless transaction are dashed soon after he arrives at the house and meets Granddad’s associates, who – very firmly and with more than a little menace – advise him not to sell.
So begins Bogdan Florian Mirică’s deftly constructed thriller, which hovers somewhere in the space between the wide open frontier of a classic Western and the claustrophobic living spaces that often characterise the films of the recent Romanian New Wave. As Roman’s tale progresses and he comes to uncover both the shady past dealings that have taken place here and how the local thugs are involved, things start to add up and the sinister threat of extreme violence becomes palpable.
Much of Romanian cinema over the past few decades has been a consistently clear-eyed examination – and often an insightful critique – of the social and political climate in that country in the years since the violent overthrow of Nicolae Ceaușescu’s harsh regime. With ‘Dogs’, Mirică continues this project, on the one hand exposing a form of corruption that flourished under the communists, and on the other musing on how and why that same corruption continues in a country that on paper has abolished the tyranny of authoritarian rule.
- Bogdan Florian Mirică
- Bogdan Florian Mirică
- Marcela Ursu, Elie Meirovitz
About the Director
Bogdan Florian Mirică studied Screenwriting at the University of Westminster, London. In 2011, Mirică wrote and directed his first short film, ‘Bora Bora’, which was named Best European Short Film in Premiers Plans (Angers, France), and was selected for the Festival del Film Locarno and the Warsaw and Thessaloniki International Film Festivals, among others. Mirică’s debut feature-length script, ‘Dogs’, was selected for L’Atelier du Festival at the Festival de Cannes, TorinoFilmLab’s Script & Pitch, and Cinelink, where it won the ARTE Award. The film had its premiere in the Un Certain Regard section of the Festival de Cannes in 2016.
Production Company Profile
Director and screenwriter Corneliu Porumboiu set up Bucharest-based 42 Km Film in March 2004 to produce cinema, video and television programmes. The company’s first autonomous production was Porumboiu’s ‘12:08 East of Bucharest’ (2006), which won the Camera d’Or and Label Cinema Europe at the Festival de Cannes, as well as numerous other national and international prizes. 42 Km Film went on to produce Porumboiu’s ‘Police, Adjective’ (2009), which won the Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Award in the Un Certain Regard section of the Festival de Cannes; ‘When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism’ (2013), which screened in the Festival del Film Locarno; the documentary ‘The Second Game’ (2014), which had its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival; and ‘The Treasure’, which won the Un Certain Talent prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and was selected for numerous prestigious international film festivals. Bogdan Mirica’s ‘Dogs’, the company’s latest co-production, premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2016.
Elie Meirovitz entered the world of cinema in 2002, when he founded “def2shoot”, a digital post production company. Since then, his company EZ Films has specialized in the production of arthouse films, both of debut and established directors. The company’s films have been selected to Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, Karlovy Vary film festivals among many others. In 2010, the company started a department focused on international sales and distribution to film festivals, quickly establishing itself as a significant player in this specific market.
Awards and Festival History
"Warsaw Film Festival 2016, Discoveries
La Rochelle International Film Festival 2016
Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival 2016"
"FIPRESCI Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2016, Un Certain Regard (WP)
Transilvania Trophy, Transilvania International Film Festival 2016
Special Jury Mention and Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor (Gheorghe Visu), Sarajevo Film Festival 2016
Best First Foreign