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by Ivana Mladenović


Adi (40), a shy and introverted anthropologist who got recently dumped by his girlfriend, moves to Ferentari, most notorious outcasted neighborhood in Bucharest. He wants to write a study on manele music. The pop music of the Roma community serves as a way out for some, but mostly as one more means for the mafia pimps to make money off their acts and keep them in slave-like dependency. While researching his subject, Adi meets Alberto, a Roma ex-convict and a bear of a man, who promises Adi to help him. Soon, the unlikely pair begins a playful romance in which Adi feeds Alberto with improbable plans of escaping poverty and Alberto reciprocates with well-concocted phrases of love. Little by little their casual affair grows into love. And the funny and sweet teasing turns into something precarious, since Alberto is both dangerous and fragile and belongs to a world whose codes Adi doesn't understand.

international title: Soldiers. Story from Ferentari
original title: Soldatii. Poveste din Ferentari
country: Romania, Serbia, Belgium
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Ivana Mladenović
film run: 119'
screenplay: Ivana Mladenović, Adrian Schiop
cast: Stefan Iancu, Dawid Ogrodnik, Kana Hashimoto, Adrian Schiop, Vasile Pavel-Digudai, Nicolae Marin-Spaniolul, Dan Bursuc
cinematography by: Luchian Ciobanu
film editing: Catalin Cristutiu
producer: Ada Solomon, Jelena Mitrović, Cassandre Warnauts
production: Hi Film Productions, Film House Bas Celik, Frakas Productions
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