Ramona by Andrei Crețulescu - CINEPUB

„Ramona” is the third and most spectacular piece of the „impromptu” short films thrilogy signed by Andrei Crețulescu (along with „Bad Penny” and „Kowalski”).

Produced independently by Andrei Crețulescu, Claudiu Mitcu and Radu Stancu, „Ramona” is the short film that won the Canal + Award at the Cannes International Film Festival, Semaine de la Critique section, but it equally impressed  the critics and the audience in other festival in Europe or USA. A great accomplishment is the selection in the Telluride Film Festival, an exclusivist festival where the selections are announced only one day previous to the beginning of the festival.

Ramona by Andrei Crețulescu - CINEPUB

Director: Andrei Crețulescu
Scriptwriter: Andrei Crețulescu
Cast: Rodica Lazăr, Dorian Boguță, Andi Vasluianu, Șerban Pavlu, Ana Ularu
Produced by: Andrei Crețulescu, Claudiu Mitcu, Radu Stancu, Dan Chișu
(co-producer), Eugen Kelemen (co-producer)
Cinematography by: Andrei Butică
Film editing by: Cătălin Cristuțiu
Year: 2015
Category: short film
Genre: drama
Duration: 21 minutes
Subtitles: English
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One girl. One car. One night. No coincidence.

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„Bad Penny appeared by accident. I virtually made Kowalski because I had made Bad Penny – and then I made Ramona because I had made Kowalski… Let’s say we decided to end the deal as bloody as possible and the actors wanted us to shoot at the seaside. Which we did. In October – it’s not my fault they didn’t say which season they wanted it”, stated Andrei Crețulescu about Ramona, the last short of his trilogy. (www.ziarulmetropolis.ro)

Conceived in the ‘70s style, with „cold blondes” (Magda Mihăilescu, aarc.ro), „In Ramona, Crețulescu builds (mostly literally) the most powerful female character in all Romanian cinema so far. The protagonist is the first acknowledged femme fatale in Romanian cinema”. (Flavia Dima, CinemaRx.ro).

We invite you to discover Rodica Lazăr, together with other important Romanian actors: Dorian Boguță, Andi Vasluianu, Șerban Pavlu and Ana Ularu.

„Ramona” was the missing piece from Andrei Crețulescu’s shorts trilogy in the list of Romanian short films online at Cinepub.ro.

Reviews:

„Andrei Creţulescu’s Ramona is the third film in a loose trilogy that has lit up the Shorts section for the past two years, often using a dry and black comedy and crackling dialogue. But this one is a wordless, deadly serious account of vengeance which says so much in so little, as an unknown woman wreaks icy havoc on those who have hurt someone she loves. Spare, perfectly paced, unnerving, there’s not an inch of fat on its 24 minutes of shocking action.” (Sheila Seacroft, www.jigsawlounge.co.uk )

Festivals:

  • Melbourne International Film Festival, Competition – Australia, 2015
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, Competition – Bosnia and Herțegovina, 2015
  • Concorto Film Festival, Competition – Italy, 2015
  • Telluride Film Festival, „Filmmakers of Tomorrow” – Colorado, U.S.A., 2015
  • Bristol Encounters Short Film Festival, Competition – UK, 2015
  • Helsinki FilmFestival, „Best of” – Finland, 2015
  • New York Film Festival, „Genre Stories” – U.S.A., 2015
  • Namur International Francofone Film Festival, Competition – Belgium, 2015
  • Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, Competition – France, 2015
  • Mezipatra LGBT Film Festival, Competition, Brno – Czech Republic, 2015
  • IndieCork Film Festival, Competition – Ireland, 2015
  • Zinebi Interational Documentary and Short Film Festival, Bilbao, Competition – Spain, 2015
  • Leeds International Film Festival, Competition – UK, 2015
  • Les Arcs European Film Festival – France, 2015
  • Leuven International Film Festival, Competition – Belgium, 2015
  • Zagreb Film Festival, „Showcase” – Croatia, 2015
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival, „Balkan Survey” – Greece, 2015
  • Brest European Short Film Festival, Competition – France, 2015
  • Prague Short Film Festival, Competition – Czech Republic, 2016
  • Mecal Short Film and Animation Festival of Barcelona – Spain, 2016
  • Busan Short International Film Festival, „Curtain Call – Best international shorts of 2015” – South Korea, 2016
  • Imagine Film Festival, Amsterdam – The Netherlands, 2016
  • Dresden International Film Festival, Competition – Germany, 2016
  • Jeonju International Film Festival, Panorama – South Korea, 2016
  • Vilnius International Film Festival – Lithuania, 2016

Awards:

Nominations:

  • Discovery Award, Cannes International Film Festival – France, 2015
  • Queer Palm – short film Award, Cannes International Film Festival – France, 2015

Winner:

  • „Canal +” Award, Cannes International Film Festival – France, 2015
  • Silver Plaque (Best Narrative Short Film), Bronze Plaque (Short Film Awards), Chicago International Film Festival – U.S.A., 2015
  • Best Short Film (Andrei Crețulescu, Radu Stancu, Claudiu Mitcu), Gopos Award – Romania, 2016
  • Best Short Film, Romanian Days, Transyilvania International Short Film Festival, Cluj – Romania, 2015
  • TV, Cine e Series Acquisition, Villa do Conde International Film Festival – Portugal, 2015
  • Best Short Film, Independent Producers INDIE Film Festival – Romania, 2015

Media articles:

Cluj 2015 The second of two dispatches by Sheila Seacroft, www.jigsawlounge.co.uk

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