Romanian movie 'Best Intentions' (Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intentii), written and directed by Adrian Sitaru (in picture below), has landed the Best Director award at the Locarno Film festival, in the International Competition section, while also bringing the Best Actor award to Romanian actor Bogdan Dumitrache. Six movies from Romania have been selected in the festival - more about them here. 23 Romanians participated in the festival, according to the official attendee list.
The movie was launched this year – watch its trailer below.
Adrian Sitaru graduated from the “I.L. Caragiale” Theatre and Cinema university in Bucharest with a BA in film and TV directing. In 2001 he was Costa Gavras’ assistant director for Amen. He directed several short films such as Valuri/ Waves (selected in over 150 international festivals including an official competition selection in Sundance 2008, winner of 27 international awards including the Pardino d’oro in Locarno iFF 2007 and the Heart of Sarajevo in Sarajevo iFF 2007), Lord (selected in Worldwide Shortfilm Festival in Toronto), Colivia/The Cage (winner of the DAAD Scholarship Award in Berlin iFF 2010 and of several other international awards in festivals such as Valladolid iFF, the 18th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, Warsaw iFF, Transylvania iFF or Uppsala international Short Film Festival). His debut feature Pescuit sportiv/Hooked (which he directed, wrote, produced and edited) was selected in the Venice Days section of the Venice FF, in Toronto iFF, Pusan iFF, London BFi; the film won 8 international awards and was sold in over 12 territories. In 2011, he finished his second feature Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intenții/Best Intentions.
Alex is a mid-thirties emotional and neurotic wreck. When his mother is suddenly hospitalized for a stroke, the caring son’s life is thrown even further off track. At the hospital Alex finds himself in a burlesque kind of human zoo – equally comic and dramatic, full of unexpected characters and surprising events. Desperately trying to cope with this new situation, he finds himself stuck between the well-intentioned advice of the doctors, his parents and his friends. Making himself more and more crazy, Alex makes his own set of mistakes – with the best intentions.
More about the Locarno Film Festival.
(photo source: Locarno Film festival)