Soldiers. Story from Ferentari (Soldatii. Poveste din
(Romania/Serbia/Belgium, 119 min.)
Dir. Ivana Mladenovic, Writ. Adrian Schiop,
Starring: Adrian Schiop, Vasile Pavel-Digudai
Programme: Discovery (World Premiere)
|Courtesy of TIFF|
In a world of repressed morals, social
taboos, and restricted freedoms, alter-egos are inevitable tools to help
individuals explore their hidden desires. Soldiers.
Story from Ferentari draws from such a tale in its adaptation of Adrian
Schiop’s “fictionalized biography” and it delivers a rugged gay bromance in the
conservative and impoverished Roma ghetto of Ferentari, Bucharest. The film
finds an intriguing natural style as Schiop stars in the adaptation of the
adaptation of his life, while non-professional actors and kitchen-sink mise en scène makes Soldiers. Story from
Ferentari an authentic tale of forbidden love.