Ivana Mladenovic

Romania, Belgium, Serbia 119 min Catalan premiere Fiction


Adi, a shy and introverted anthropologist who recently got dumped by his girlfriend, moves to Ferentari, the most notorious outcast neighbourhood in Bucharest. He plans to write a study on manele music. 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 signs of affection. 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.


Ivana Mladenovic

(Serbia, 1984) She studied at the National School of Film and Theatre, Bucharest. She has directed the short films Milky WayPizza Love and Afterparty, and the documentary Turn Off The Lights. In 2013 she receives a scriptwriting residency in the frame of Nipkow Programme, where she wrote her first fiction feature film, Soldatii. Poveste din Ferentari, that has been awarded at Copenhague and Trieste.

Filmography: Soldatii. Poveste din Ferentari (2017), The Soldiers (2016), Turn Off The Lights (2012), Afterparty (curt, 2009), Pizza Love (curt, 2008), Milky Way (curt, 2007)

Ivana Mladenovic

Film information

Original Title: Soldiers. Story from Ferentari
Director: Ivana Mladenovic
Script: Ivana Mladenovic, Adrian Schiop
Contact: Beta Cinema
With: Adrian Schiop, Vasile Pavel
Country: Romania, Belgium, Serbia
Year: 2017
Format: DCP
Length: 119 min
Language: Romanian
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2018


Special Mention in CPH PIX | Best film in Trieste