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Spre nord (To the north)

Orizzonti

Director:
Mihai Mincan
Production:
deFilm, Remora Films, StudioBauhaus, Screening Emotions, Background Films
Running Time:
122’
Language:
English, Tagalog, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Mandarin
Country:
Romania, France, Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic
Main Cast:
Soliman Cruz, Nikolai Becker, Bartholome Guingona, Olivier Ho Hio Hen, Emmanuel Sto. Domingo, Alexandre Nguyen, Dimitar Vasilev
Screenplay:
Mihai Mincan
Cinematographer:
George Chiper-Lillemark
Editor:
Dragoș Apetri
Production Designer:
Iulia Fulicea
Costume Designer:
Iulia Fulicea
Music:
Marius Lefta ̆rache featuring Alessandro Cortini
Sound:
Benjamin Laurent, Nicolas Becker, Cyril Holtz
Visual Effects:
Michal Křeček, Yanning Willmann
Additional musics:Nicolas Becker

Synopsis

Based on a true story. 1996, open sea. During his shift on a transatlantic ship’s deck, Joel, a religious Filipino sailor, discovers Dumitru, a Romanian stowaway hidden between some containers. If he is spotted by the Taiwanese officers running the vessel, Dumitru is at risk to be thrown overboard. Joel decides to hide him, as a sign of his gratitude towards God. Soon, a dangerous cat and mouse game begins. When his crew, his own friends, even God itself start to turn their backs on him, Joel learns that he has to face his cruel destiny alone.

Director’s Statement

Spre Nord started out from a radio documentary. A story that had happened in the spring of 1996, in the Atlantic Ocean. At the center of it was an ordinary man: Joel, a Filipino sailor. One day, as he was on duty on the deck, sailing to the U.S., Joel discovered a Romanian stowaway. In a second, he had to make a life changing decision. Turn in the young man, thus practically sending him to a cruel death? Or follow his faith and heart and help the stowaway, endangering himself and his crew? That moment, I knew this was the film I’ve always wanted to make. A story about moral choices, kindness and compromise, courage and fear. A film that could speak to people about their own lives.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Radu Stancu (Producer), Ioana Lascar (Delegate producer) – deFilm
29 Dimitrie Racovita Str.
023992 – Bucharest, Romania
Tel. +40 740226054
radu@defilm.ro
http://www.defilm.ro
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/defilm.ro
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/defilm.ro/

PRODUCTION 2: Cyriac Auriol – Remora Films
7 Rue Ganneron
75018 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 143870007
Mob. +33 667441127
cyriac@remorafilms.com
http://www.remorafilms.com

PRODUCTION 3: Konstantinos Vassilaros – StudioBauhaus
28 Zaimi Street
10683 – Athens, Greece
Tel. +30 6985997751
kvassilaros@studiobauhaus.gr
http://www.studiobauhaus.gr
Facebook: @StudioBauhausGR https://www.facebook.com/StudioBauhausGR/
Instagram: @studiobauhaus_gr

PRODUCTION 4: Poli Angelova, Nikolay Todorov – Screening Emotions
40 Filip Totyu Str.
1510 – Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel. +359 894700869
poli.angelova@gmail.com
screening.emotions@gmail.com
office@screeningemotions.com
http://www.screeningemotions.com

PRODUCTION 5: Mikuláš Novotný – BACKGROUND FILMS
Korunní 1209/76
10100 – Prague, Czechia
Mob. +420 777910290
novotny@backgroundfilms.cz
http://www.backgroundfilms.cz
https://www.facebook.com/backgroundfilmscz

WORLD SALES: Martin Gondre – Best Friend Forever
Varkensmarkt 23
1000 – Brussels, Belgium
Tel. +33 672232718
martin@bffsales.eu
http://www.bestfriendforever.be/

PRESS OFFICE: Barbara Van Lombeek, Marie-France Dupagne - THE PR FACTORY
21 rue des Myosotis
1180 – Brussels, Belgium
Mob. +32 486546480
Mob. +32 477626770
barbara@theprfactory.com
mariefrance@theprfactory.com
www.theprfactory.com


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