Titi Penescu, a retired pilot, lives a solitary life. He spends his days thinking about and missing his beloved wife, who has died. He only pays attention to his parrot Kiki and a motorcycle. One morning, he decides to go on an outing in the countryside. But what seemed like an attempt to escape from his daily routine takes an unexpected turn, making him discover that nothing is what it really seems to be.
Constantin Popescu (Romania, 1973) graduated in foreign languages and received a master’s degree in British Cultural Studies from the University of Bucharest. Since the 1990s, he has worked as an assistant producer, primarily for Lucian Pintillie. At the same time, he continued his activities as a writer and director, making a number of shorts, including A Lineman’s Cabin (2005), which received an award at Venezia Circuito Off, Salonica and Barcelona; Water (2007), a special jury award at Montpellier; and The Yellow Smiley Face (2008), which competed at Locarno. He participated in the collective film Tales from the Golden Age (2009), selected for Un certain regard at Cannes. In 2010 he presented his feature-length Portrait of the Fighter as a Young Man (2010) at the Torino Film Festival.
Apartamentul (The Apartment, cm, 2004), Canton (A Lineman’s Cabin, cm, 2005), Drezina (The Train, tv, 2006), Apa (Water, cm, 2007), Fata galbena care râde (The Yellow Smiley Face, cm, 2008), Amintiri din epoca de aur (coregia/codirectors Hanno Höfer, Cristian Mungiu, Razvan Marculescu, Ioana Uricaru, Racconti dell’età dell’oro, 2009), Portretul luptorului la tinere (Portrait of the Fighter as a Young Man, 2010), Principii de viata (Life Principles, 2010), Las fierbini (serie tv/tv series, 2012), In Treatement (serie tv/tv series, 2012), Shall We Kiss (serie tv/tv series, 2013), Mecanica nostalgică a întîmplărilor (The Nostalgic Mechanics of Randomness, 2014)
“I was always interested in stories with few words and lonesome characters. Indeed, sometimes words are too much and maybe a gesture or a smile are more than enough. But I often feel that among the important things in life, two are fundamental in order to keep us afloat: the willingness and knowledge to communicate with each other […] and the loneliness that many of us will eventually have to go through, some way or another (and the ways to manage it), at some point in our lives.”
Liviu Marghidan, Constantin Popescu
fotografia, produttore/cinematography, producer
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Victor Rebengiuc (Titi Penescu), Constantin Dita (Mitu), Andreea Gheorghe (Mia), Nicodim Ungureanu (l’amministratore/building administrator), Alexandru Potocean (l’impiegato dell'agenzia pubblicitaria/advertising company’s employee), Dragos Bucur (il direttore dell'agenzia pubblicitaria/advertising company’s director), Vasile Calofir (lo sfruttatore/pimp), Antonia Micu (la signora al cimitero/lady at the graveyard), David Micu (il ragazzino al cimitero/kid at the graveyard), Liviu Marghidan (il primo becchino/graveyard digger 1), Dan Sibisan (il secondo becchino/graveyard digger 2)