Siniša Dragin, Romania, Serbia, 2014, 73’
Director: Siniša Dragin
Editing: Siniša Dragin
Director of Photography: Siniša Dragin, Eugen Oprina
Screenplay: Siniša Dragin
Sound: Marian loan Lacoban
Producers: Siniša Dragin, Predrag Jakovljević
Cinematography: Siniša Dragin, Eugen Oprina
Production: Mrakonia Film, Oktobar Film
Cast: Dalia Bogdan, Mića Ranković, Milan Petrović, Dragos Alexandru
In 1947, Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito for the first time visited Romania. To cement the newborn socialist friendship, Romanian officials gave Tito a present: a painting from a great Romanian artist Ion Andeescu: "The Leafless Forest". In the 60s, a young art critic, Radu Bogdan, decided to elaborate a monograph dedicated to the great painter, including a reproduction of the painting given to Tito. After countless problems, he obtained the permission to photograph the painting. The moment they took the painting off the wall, they found a microphone. Somebody was spying on Tito...
About the Autor:
Sinisa Dragin graduated from The Film and Theatre Academy, Bucharest in 1991 and has worked as a cameraman for Reuters since then. Due to his immediate contact with contemporary stories, Dragin headed towards documentaries at first, filming two shorts, The sorrow of black gold (1994) and Burning sun over Tichilești (1995). In 1995 he distinguished himself also by the short feature The Rain, which won an APTR award (The Romanian Association of Television Professionals), a Prix Italia and the Directing Award in Costinești. If the first feature film for television, Long journey by train, got him several screenplay awards and the main APTR award, in 1998, his second film, Everyday God Kisses Us On The Mouth, won three directing awards and the Tiger at Rotterdam International Film Festival. He went back there in 2011 with If the seed doesn’t die, winning the Dioraphte award, decided by the public among the movies financed by Hubert Bals Fund. In recent years, he returned to documentaries, directing along with Alina Mungiu Pippidi Where Europe Ends (2009), while a third action film, The Pharaoh (2004) was starring in the leading role one of the most impressive Romanian actors, Ștefan Iordache.
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