Love is all around in Bucharest
„Love Bus” is an omnibus film made up of five different episodes, each of them taking place in a different district of Bucharest, Romania. The film was shot independently, with a micro budget, by students and recent graduates of the National Film School UNATC „I.L. Caragiale” and it represents their collective debut on the big screen.
Director: Roxana Andrei, Mihai Mincan, Florin Babei, Constantin Radu Vasile, Andrei Georgescu
Scriptwriters: Roxana Andrei, Cristian Delcea, Mihai Mincan, Florin Babei, Roxana Mocanu, Constantin RaduVasile, Paul Negoescu
Cast: Ada Galeș, Cătălin Jugravu, Andrei Ion, Tania Popa, Iulia Ciochină, Andrei Seușan, Bogdan Zamfir, CătălinaCrișan, Issabela Yang, Nicolas Teodorescu, ȘtefanMircea, Carla Teahă, Victoria Răileanu, Alec Secăreanu
Produced by: Paul Negoescu, RaduStancu (co-producer), Gabi Suciu (co-producer)
Cinematography by: Mihai Marius Apopei, George Chiper-Lillemark, Alex Brendea, Victor Ionichi, Adrian Clocușneanu
Editing by: Alexandru Constantin Alin, Dragoș Apetri, Florin Babei, Andreea Danilescu, Sebastian Plămădeală, Constantin Radu Vasile
Category: short films
Genre: romance, drama
Duration: 74 minutes
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Episode 1: “Iancului”
Alexandra is 20 years old and has one goal: to get back together with her ex-boyfriend, at any risk, regardless of the people she might hurt in the process.
Episode 2: “Drumul Taberei”
Bucharest, Romania – Fairbanks, Alaska. 27 days by car. 25 hours by plane. One second by thought.
Episode 3: “Unirii”
At a teenagers’ party, Bobo tries to convince his virgin girlfriend to sleep with him but she rejects him, as she doesn’t fell ready yet. Both of them will soon find consolation in the arms of other people.
Episode 4: “Tineretului”
Stefan meets a former girlfriend from high-school. They have a walk in the park and decide to see each other later. After buying some weed, he goes home only to find out the girl has died in a car crash.
Episode 5: “Cișmigiu”
George and Andreeamake a relaxed couple. One day, Andreea finds a bottle of massage oil in George’s bathroom and he can’t explain how it got there.
“Love Bus” is a Romanian film made of five shorts on love and Bucharest. They represent the work of several directors, script writers, film editors and actors, all of them newcomers in the film-making world.
Thematically speaking, the films present situations so far approached in many Romanian films focused on domestic life, but what stands out in “Love Bus” is each of the participants’ effort to leave a mark, something that can be taken further, throughout their future career.
The film has a well-deserved place in the list of Romanian films online presented by Cinepub, a platform that aims to promote quality Romanian films.
“Therefore, five slices of life, structured around the eternal subject of love, lived in one’s twenties, but far from the nonchalance of the song lyrics that want the youth “carefree and penniless”. Our heroes do have worries. If a quick structural calculation indicates the bed, the cigarette, the phone, as significant items of the life cuts caught in the film, a psychological assessment reveals confused feelings, streaked with questions and uncertainties.” (Magda Mihăilescu – www.aarc.ro )
- Victoria Film Festival – Romania, 2014
- Timishort Film Festival – Romania, 2014
- Arcipelago Film Festival – Italy, 2014
- Love Story Film Festival in Brasov – Romania, 2015
- Paris SEE Film Festival – France, 2015
- Iulia Ciochina nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Gopo Awards 2015 – Romania, 2015
- Best Indie Film at Indie Film Festival in Târgu-Jiu – Romania, 2014
- Love Bus: Five Love Stories from Bucharest, bringing love to Romanian screens – www.cineuropa.org