Archive of films By the Rails / Dincolo de calea ferata
Romania / Sweden
2015, 88 min
Section: Official Selection - Competition
Adrian left for a year’s work abroad to help his family financially but when he returns home nothing is like it was before. His wife acts so differently, it’s as if they were never married. In his third feature, director Cătălin Mitulescu becomes an observer of that key moment when a love relationship teeters on the fine line between breaking up and beginning anew.
Sometimes we think we know those close to us so well that a year apart won’t make any difference. Adrian seems to have relied on that fact when he temporarily left his wife Monica and his little boy to improve the family lot by working in Italy. After returning home, however, he becomes disillusioned. Monica behaves so differently than she used to that Adrian barely recognizes her; it’s almost as if they were never married. Even his son Luca is far more grown up than he could have imagined. During Adrian’s first night back much is revealed that had been left unspoken in the marriage, and not only because of the distance that separated them. The couple try to clear up the misunderstandings that have accumulated between them and to find the spark that originally attracted them to each other – if it still exists.… In his third feature, director Cătălin Mitulescu becomes a patient and impartial observer of that decisive moment when a love relationship teeters on the fine line between breaking up and beginning anew.
About the director
Cătălin Mitulescu (b. 1972, Bucharest) graduated in directing from the National University of Drama and Film Art in Bucharest (2001). His career is closely connected to the Cannes festival: His first two shorts Bucharest – Vienna 8:15 (2000) and 17 Minutes Late (2002) both competed in the Cinéfondation section; his third short film Traffic (2004) earned the Palme d’Or. The feature debut The Way I Spent the End of the World (Cum mi-am petrecut sfârșitul lumii, 2006), which won the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award for best European project, was selected to compete in Un Certain Regard, winning Best Actress. Five years later his second feature Loverboy (2011) was presented in the same section. In addition to directing, Mitulescu has served as coproducer and co-screenwriter on other successful shorts and features.
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About the film
|Section:||Official Selection - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Liviu Marghidan|
|Music:||Jean Paul Wall|
|Editor:||Ion Ioachim Stroe|
|Art Director:||Daniel Raduta|
|Producer:||Daniel Mitulescu, Cătălin Mitulescu|
|Coproduction:||Film i Väst, The Chimney, Digital Cube|
|Cast:||Alexandru Potaceanu, Ada Condeescu|
Producer, Distributor, Festival Organizer, Service Company Rep.
Ion Ioachim Stroe
Distributor, Sales Agent
Jean Paul Wall