BUCHAREST: Tudor Giurgiu is currently working on Sibiu ’89, a feature film set in the city of Sibiu in December 1989, during the fall of communism. The project is a Romanian-Hungarian co-production between Giurgiu’s Libra Film Productions and Mythberg Films.
The screenplay written by Cecilia Ștefănescu, Tudor Giurgiu and Napoleon Helmis reconstructs a lesser-known story of those chaotic days of violent civil unrest that led to a bloody confrontation between the forces of the army and Ceaușescu’s instruments of repression, the Miliția and the Securitate (secret police). In the frantic hunt for the so-called “terrorists” responsible for the murders, panic and confusion ensue. No one is trustworthy, everyone can be an enemy, ordinary people turn into torturers, but in the end, who were the real terrorists?
The main cast includes Alex Calangiu, Cătălin Herlo, Ionut Caras, Iulian Postelnicu, Alexandru Papadopol, Ștefan Iancu, Costel Cașcaval and Mirela Oprișor.
The €1.7 million budget is partially covered by grants from the Romanian Film Center (CNC) and the National Film Institute of Hungary, Tudor Giurgiu told FNE. The producers are Oana Bujgoi Giurgiu, Tudor Giurgiu and Jozsef Berger.
The film will be shot in Sibiu, Brăila and Bucharest from February 1 to March 15, 2022.
The international premiere is scheduled for winter 2023, while the film is set to be released in Romania by Transilvania Film in December 2022.
Libra Film Productions (Romania)
Mythberg Films (Hungary)
Director: Tudor Giurgiu
Screenwriters: Cecilia Ștefănescu, Tudor Giurgiu, Napoleon Helmis
Director of photography: Alex Sterian
Publisher: Lemhenyi Reka
Costume designer: Viorica Petrovici
Art direction: Vali Ighigheanu
Main cast: Alex Calangiu, Cătălin Herlo, Ionut Caras, Iulian Postelnicu, Alexandru Papadopol, Ștefan Iancu, Costel Cașcaval, Mirela Oprișor