Romania hands out funds for pics

Muntean a big winner at Gopo awards

MOSCOW — Romania’s National Film Center has announced a 3.5 million EU ($4.4 million) grant package to fund a slate of projects.

Radu Muntean, who directed “Boogie,” one of the winners at last week’s national Gopo film awards, nabbed the largest grant of nearly $402,000 for “Tuesday After Christmas,” which will be produced by Multimedia East.

Other pics include “The Mission of the Human Resource Manager” to be directed by Eran Riklis, an Israeli (2TeamProds.), German (Pallas Film), Romanian (Hai-Hui) co-production; Mediapro Pictures’ “Happy Funerals” by Horatiu Malaele; and Castel Film’s “Chira Chiralina,” directed by Dan Pita.

Three debuts won funding, including “Morgen” by Marian Crisan, who won the 2008 Palme d’Or for short at Cannes, to be produced by Mandragora.

Ten projects got development support, including “About Cosmetics and Happiness” by Romanian-Swiss director Ruxandra Zenide.

Five documentaries share nearly $442,000 in funding, including Libra Film’s “Last Tango in Munich” by Alexander Nanau, a co-production with Germany’s Lichtblick Film.

Libra Film head Tudor Giurgiu said: “The amounts received by producers this time are very low. This will complicate our lives since we don’t have many other alternative sources of finance in Romania. We don’t have tax incentives or regional funds.

“Although the current film law may change this year, the rules under which grants are given mean producers must complete a film within three years of signing a contract with the National Film Center. It may not be easy for period pieces or higher-budget films to complete their financing plans under such restrictions.”

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