THE LAST TANGO IN CONSTANTA
A new visit to our Press Office of the Festival fills us with good news. The winning pair of the ANSFF BA2016 Awarded for Best Actress in Medium-length Film, Maia Morgenstern and the Audience Award for Best Director, Robert Eugen Popa, will soon start the Pre-Production of a new film to be shot in Constanta, Romania, with the support of CineMaraton, and Music of Argentine Tango performed by Miguel Di Génova from Otros Aires Tango.
Maia Morgenstern & Robert Eugen Popa
Last Tango in Constanta. Genre : Black Comedy/ Satire
In this very exciting Romanian work of fiction, the infamous Venezuelan terrorist of the 80’s, Carlos the Jackal, escapes from his high security jail in France and tries to hide in a Tango saloon owned by an old friend, on the Black Sea Coast of contemporary Romania. (Constanta).
The moment couldn’t be worse as an exclusive event involving the Argentinian Ambassador and many Romanian political figures will happen in a just a few hours.
Two marginal but effervescent friends from Constanta, Geo and Vali, now retired, on a miserable pension, reject with virulence their own marginal condition and take the Jackal as a hostage, trying to “sell him back” to the French Embassy, before the Jackal escape turns into a major “breaking news” on CNN and channels world wide.
Geo, a former Constanta Casino choreographer, small time anarchist and a vocal Jackal fan and Vali, a former rough, Ceausescu secret police agent in Latin America for many years, that has a bitter pending debt with the Jackal from the 80’s, try to compromise and release the Jackal before the Romanian Government anti-terrorist agencies storm the Tango Club and the whole situation becomes a bad taste tabloid like media circus.
The film is filled with psychological conflict, mordant political irony, black humour, neo-noir touches and a virulent satire of contemporary Romania. All this embedded amid the intense nostalgia of the protagonist, who is obsessed with tango, Argentinian wine and Boca Juniors.
With the special participation Maia Morgenstern (“Mary” in Mel Gibson’s “Passion of Christ” and former “Best supporting role” Winner in both Arte-Non Stop Buenos Aires International Film Festival in 2016 and Sydney Indie Film Festival for her Latin teacher role in “Veni,VIdi,Fugi”.
The lead roles will be played by Vali Popescu (Protagonist of “Luxury Hotel” – “Golden lion” winner” in Venice 92) and Geo Dobre (from Romanian Cannes 2007 “Palme d’or” winner in 2007 “4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days”).
A multitude of other actors from Director’s Robert Eugen Popa, previous film (Veni,VIdi,Fugi), including – Paul Diaconescu, Tache Florescu, Elias Ferkin – among several others – will return to the set for “Last Tango in Constanta“.
The production stands out not only for its cast, but also has the renowned Director of photography Viorel Sergovici, who has a career of over 80 films as Director of Cinematography and another 14 as a Producer, noted among other films, for his work in the ANSFF 2016, for which he got the Award for Best Director of Photography in 2016 for “Veni,Vidi,Fugi”.
The film script has been written by Robert Eugen Popa, Timothy Brice and Aureliu Mardare.
Given that Robert and Timothy have been awarded with Special Mention for the Best Screenplay for the 2016 ANSFF Audience Award (Argentina), as well as Best Short Film Screenplay at the Jaipur International Film Festival (India, 2017) and “Honorable Mention” in “Montecatini International Short Film Festival”(Italia, 2016) for the same “Vini, Vidi Fugi“, seems to us like a strong premise for another successful festival run.
At the moment, and until they reveal to us the name of the Latin actor who will play the “Jackal” in the film, we can only add that the film has the Production and Direction of Robert Eugen Popa, who has obtained distinctions such as the Audience Award for Best Director in Medium Film for “Veni, Vidi, Fugi” in our ANSFF2016, and Best Director in Short Film with Regression in 2012 at the Peloponesian Film Festival (Greece), and that the project has the support of the CineMaraton Television channel, in Bucharest.
The film’s score will be performed by the famous Argentine electronic tango band “Otros Aires Tango”, a band recently distinguished with the “National Cultural Interest” Award for its Artistic Values and quality, by the Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
While we wait for a speedy new visit from Robert Eugen Popa to tell us more about this new film – and another Latin American project in the pipeline , we leave you some links to know extra data of the actors , the projects carried out by the Producers, the Director and to enjoy the themes of the soundtrack chosen for the film, Otros Aires Tango.
FREDERIC CHOPIN and FRANZ LISZT
Recently we have received in our Press Office, the kind visit of the feature film director Milos Twilight, one of the talented Filmmakers who have participated in our ANSFF, being awarded in the 2016 edition with Awards and Special Distinctions of our Festival.
He came to present his new projects, a documentary and a feature film, both based on the emblematic figures of the musicians Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt, the two most important pianist in the world history.
These projects were developed thanks to the exhaustive work of about thirty years of research by the Argentine filmmaker living in Los Angeles and France, Milos Twilight, along with a large group of researchers, institutions and historians from France, Poland, Italy, Swiss, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Germany.
From these findings and new revelations, a new mega project was born, divided into 4 installments:
“Frederic Chopin and La Nouvelle Athenes” (Documentary)
“Liebestraum” (Feature Film)
“La Nouvelle Athenes, the truth behind the 19th century Myths” (TV series)
“Gothic Revolution“, Biographical book about Frederic Chopin
The shooting of these films are planned to be carried out in the original locations where the historical events took place, traversing the “never seen before” documented facts of the characters through the plot within the imposing landscapes and locations of Poland, Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Swiss and France, and in cities such as Warsaw, Dresden , Berlin, Vienna, Venice, Geneva and the glorious Paris.
This colossal project has involved the Producers Andrew Vajna, Donna White, Milos Twilight, Brigitte Guillon and Gabriel Fiorentino; with Milos Twilight as the Writer and Director, in addition to the special participation of Jean Claude Menou (former Director of Heritage of French Culture) as narrator of Documentary.
It should be noted that these Projects have the Cultural Interest and Support of renowned personalities and cultural entities from around the world, including:
Frederic Chopin Institute and Museum from Warsaw; LVMH Foundation -Moet Hennessy Luis Vuiton; Rothschild Family Foundation; Mairie de Paris – Direction des Affaires Culturelles; Lisztomania International; Musee du Luvre; Museaum Metropolitan of New York; Archives of Paris; Emmanuelle Toulet (Director of the Archives of Paris); Jean Claude Menou (former Director of French Cultural Heritage); Jean Ives Clément (Notable French Historian and Writer); UCLA University; Science Po Center D’histoire; CNRS; British Embassady in Paris, CIA Archives from the United States and many more.
Pretty soon we will have more juicy details and information, but for now, we share this advance with you: