Closeness, by Marin Mălaicu-Hondrari, is being adapted for the cinema The Romanian/Spanish/Czech coproduction is the first film shot by Giurgiu abroad.

Marin Mălaicu-Hondrari

Romanian writer/director/producer Tudor Giurgiu will start shooting his fourth feature film Above Man, the Woman Soars / Apropierea / Sin Aliento in Spain on 19 October 2017. This Romanian/Spanish/Czech coproduction is the first film shot by Giurgiu as a director abroad.

Above Man, the Woman Soars is an adaptation of the bestseller Closeness / Apropierea, written by the Romanian writer Marin Mălaicu-Hondrari, and will be shot in Spain and Romania. The film stars Romanian young actor Mihai Smarandache alongside the acclaimed Spanish actors Belén Cuesta, Ariadna Gil and Luis Bermejo.

The story follows a Romanian writer, who emigrates illegally to Spain in 2002 and starts working as a night watchman in a car park. When he meets Maria, who plays the guitar in a jazz band, his life changes forever.

„The project is complicated, challenging and very different from what I’ve done so far. I was fascinated by the autobiographical story of Marin Mălaicu-Hondrari and we both tried to recreate the context of the 2000s, when many Romanians left the country for work, due to their precarious lives, as well as a love story that recovers many themes from the writer’s prose, such as the nostalgy for homeland, the travel and the power some people have to fantasise, imagine and wish things more or less tangible”, Giurgiu said in a statement.

He is producing through Romania’s Libra Film in coproduction with Spain’s Tito Clint Movies and Evolution Films from the Czech Republic. The Romanian Film Centre and Creative Europe are supporting.

The budget is 1.4 m EUR, Tudor Giurgiu told FNE.

director Tudor Giurgiu

Shooting will take place in Spain at Cordoba, Sevilla and Candas, and in Romania at Sângeorz-Băi.The acclaimed Romanian DoP Marius Panduru (Aferim!, HiFilm Productions) will lense. The crew includes the Spanish Sonia Nolla (The Sisters Brothers) as production designer and Fernando García (La Isla Minima) as costume designer.

The film is set to be released in Romania in October 2018.

Production Information:

Libra Film

Evolution Films


Director: Tudor Giurgiu
Scriptwriters: Tudor Giurgiu, Marin Mălaicu-Hondrari
DoP: Marius Panduru
Production designer: Sonia Nolla
Costume designer: Fernando García
Cast: Mihai Smarandache, Belén Cuesta, Ariadna Gil, Luis Bermejo

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