Archive of films Breaking News / Breaking News
2017, 81 min
Section: Official Selection - Competition
A difficult assignment awaits TV reporter Alex. He must film a memorial portrait for a coworker who died in a tragic accident they both experienced but that only he survived. His colleague’s daughter becomes his guide, although her relationship to her father was more than complicated. Alex becomes an involuntary witness to the girl’s handling of her father’s death, and he also comes to believe that chronicling a person’s life involves more than just a short news report…
Following the tragic death of his cameraman, TV reporter Alex is assigned the difficult task of shooting a video obituary. He himself needs time to physically and mentally recuperate and to deal with his guilt over the fact that he alone came out of the accident alive. But instead of resting, he sets out to investigate his colleague’s private life. The only member of the family willing to help is the deceased’s daughter, whose relationship to her father was more than complicated. During three pre-Christmas days, Alex becomes an involuntary witness to the girl’s struggle to come to terms with the loss of her dad. At the same time he discovers that he didn’t really know the man he saw every day at work, although he was convinced of the contrary. In her third film, Romanian director Iulia Rugină deftly brings together several motifs: establishing whether we can really know another person, our fascination with others’ private worlds, the relationship between parents and children, and the tendency of contemporary media to sensationalize human affairs.
About the director
Iulia Rugină (b. 1982, Bucharest) holds a master’s degree in direction from the National University of Theater and Film in Romania. She has a dozen short films to her credit, on which she cooperated as writer and director. A random selection: Buna Cristina! Pa Cristina! (2006), Vineri in jur de 11 (2006), and Captivi de Craciun (2010): together they collected awards at festivals in Oberhausen, Munich, Trieste, Brussels, and Poitiers. Despite its ultralow budget of €50,000, in the year of its production, Love Building (2013) became the second most commercially successful movie in Romanian theaters. A year later she shot the sequel Another Love Building (Alt Love Building, 2014). In addition to directing, Rugină organizes cultural events and social projects. At present she is slogging away at her doctoral dissertation on the topic of low-budget films; she also teaches screenwriting.
About the film
|Section:||Official Selection - Competition|
|Screenplay:||Ana Agopian, Oana Rasuceanu, Iulia Rugină|
|Dir. of Photography:||Vivi Drăgan Vasile|
|Art Director:||Andreea Popa|
|Producer:||Tudor Giurgiu, Oana Giurgiu, Bogdan Crăciun|
|Coproduction:||Libra Film Productions|
|Cast:||Andi Vasluianu, Voica Oltean, Dorin Andone, Ioana Flora, David Mihai Blaj|
|Contact:||Libra Film Productions|
Producer, Film Institution Rep.
Vivi Dragan Vasile
Director of Photography