Cristi, a young Romanian gendarme, lives with two apparently opposing and socially not accepted part of his identity: he works in a macho hierarchical environment and a closeted omosexual young man who tries to keep his private life secret. While Hadi, the French boy with whom he has a long distance relationship, is visiting him, Cristi is called for an intervention: an ultra-nationalist and homophobic group has interrpupted the screening of a queer film. When one of the demonstrators treatens to expose him, Cristi goes out of control.
is a theatre and film director. His projects have been centred on those who don’t adhere to the dominant culture and revolt against systems which censor freedom of expression. His creations have been programmed in theatres and festivals in Romania, Denmark, Germany, Republic of Moldova and France. He has worked with prestigious National Theatre in Stuttgart, where he directed Katzelmacher by R.W. Fassbinder and Roosevelt Square by Dea Loher, and for Opera de Lyon, where he is preparing a contemporary opera project, I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw by John Adams. He has worked with author Yann Verburgh for Itineraries. One Day the World Will Change and Ogres: the latter received an award granted by the Fédération d’Associations de Théâtre Populaire. Poppy Field (2020) Poppy Field is his feature debut.
Camp de maci (Poppy Field, 2020).
"The initial context created the premise to build a social fabric that anchors Cristi, a gay Romanian gendarme, in a complex domino effect related to his identity. Trying to adjust himself to the heteronormative exigencies of his surroundings, he embodies the conflict and the vulnerabilities of many LGBTQ+ people (from Romania or elsewhere). In other words, the social frame of the story triggers the inner conflict of the main character and forces him to confront himself in his attempt to regain his balance."