• Croatian

The Forest

Thursday, 10.09.2020. at 20:10
Hrvatski kulturni dom na Sušaku
Director: Siniša Dragin
Producer: Siniša Dragin, Predrag Jakovljević
Country of origin: Romania, 2014.
Runtime: 72'
Croatian premiere

SUMMARY

In 1947, Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito visited, for the first time, Romania. Its communist regime gave him, as a present, a painting from a great Romanian artist Ion Andreescu: "The Leafless Forest". In the 60s, a young art critic, Radu Bogdan, decided to elaborate a monograph dedicated to the great painter, including reproduction of the painting given to Tito. After countless problems, he obtained the permission to photograph the painting. The moment they took the painting off the wall, they found - a microphone. Somebody was spying on Tito...

Director Biography

SINIŠA DRAGIN graduated The Film and Theatre Academy, Bucharest in 1991 and worked since then as a cameraman for Reuters. Due to his immediate contact with contemporary stories, Dragin headed at first towards documentaries, filming two shorts, The sorrow of black gold (1994) and Burning sun over Tichilești (1995). In 1995 he distinguished himself also by the short feature The Rain, which won an APTR award (The Romanian Association of Television Professionals), a Prix Italia and the Directing Award in Costinești. If the first feature film for television, Long journey by train, got him several screenplay awards and the main APTR award, in 1998, his second film, Everyday God Kisses Us On The Mouth, won three directing awards and the Tiger at Rotterdam International Film Festival. He went back there in 2011 with If the seed doesn’t die, winning the Dioraphte award, decided by the public among the movies financed by Hubert Bals Fund. In recent years, he returned to documentary, directing along with Alina Mungiu Pippidi Where Europe Ends (2009), while a third action film, The Pharaoh (2004) was starring in the leading role one of the most impressive Romanian actors, Ștefan Iordache.
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