On December 10th 2014, Tudor Giurgiu’s feature film, “Des escargots et des hommes”, was released for French audiences. After seeing the film at l’Etoile Saint German in Paris, Toutelaculture.com describes it as a “a Full Monty à la roumaine”: “You often laugh, a laugh that is sometimes nostalgic and sometimes bitter. You leave the film full of the energy of those people who will not give up”.
Agat Films & Ex Nihilo handles the distribution in France. The French company Elle Driver is the international sales agent.
“Of Snails and Men” is one of the most successful Romanian films of the decade. In addition to the impressive domestic box-office, the film received the Best Acting Award of Sankt Petersburg Film Festival, for the entire cast, the Special Jury Award at the 28th edition of Warsaw Film Festival and the trophy of “Meeting Point” section at the 57th edition of Valladolid International Film Festival. It also received the “Bridging the Borders” award for Best feature film at the SEEF South-Eastern European Film Festival which took place in May 2014, at Los Angeles.
Tudor Giurgiu's comedy also won the Best Director award at the 20th edition of Serbia's Palic International Film Festival). “Of Snails and Men” was selected in Wien's LET’S CEE Film Festival, in the Eastern View section of Cambridge International Film Festival and in the “East of the West” section of the 29th edition of the Haifa International Film Festival. It also screened at Cinémed – Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier.
“Of Snails and Men” is a Romanian-French coproduction between Libra Film (Romania) and Agat Films (France).