One independent film aims to show a new side of the Romanian film industry thanks to a cosmopolitan team of European talent both in front of and behind the camera. The project in question is a drama, years in the making, that centers on an aging man as he looks back on definitive moments of his life while considering how his choices have brought him to his present standing. It features Italian cinematographer Blasco Giurato (Cinema Paradiso), Romanian-French composer Vladimir Cosma (The Dinner Game), a Romanian director in Serge Ioan Celebidachi who’s making his Romanian feature debut, and some of Romania’s most famous actors, Marcel Iures (Layer Cake), Andi Vasluianu (Of Snails and Men) and Victor Rebengiuc (Medal of Honor). It’s name, like that of the protagonist, is Octave.
While visiting the film’s production in Bucharest, I was able to join an equally worldly team of journalists in exploring Octave and discovering what made this film something special. Since our visit was a wide-ranging tour of Octave’s creative team, the story behinds its story, and a look at the practical side of the filmmaking process, I’ll be breaking down our journey of discovery into its relevant parts in order to better appreciate the whole.