The feature Somewhere in Palilula, directed by Silviu Purcarete was selected in the competition section of both, the International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (held between 6 and 12 of October) and in the Valladolid International Film Festival (which will take place between 20 and 27th of October)
Somewhere in Palilula will be screened as part of the international competition of the 49th edition of the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival which takes place during 6 and 12 of October in Antalya, Turkey. There are 10 feature films in the competition, and the jury is led by the prestigious hungarian cinematographer István Szabó.
Silviu Purcarete’s debut feature is also selected in the 57th edition of Valladolid International Film Festival(SEMINCI) which will take place October 20th-27th, in Spain. Somewhere in Palilula will be competing for the Golden and Silver Spike Award, Best Director (for 1st and 2nd feature), Best director, Best actress, Best actor, Best Director of Photography, Best screenplay. The Valladolid Film Festival is one of the oldest and most consolidated festival in Europe, festival that hosted feature premiers like Milos Forman’s “Flight over a cockoo’s nest” (Zbor deasupra unui cuib de cuci) or Francois Truffaut’s “Wild Child” (Copilul salbatic).
The feature represents the debut of the renowned theatre director in film, being a grandiose project which brings together important names from the Romanian theatre and film scene. Along side Aron Dimeny (Serafim) and George Mihaita (Ilie Tudorin), the cast includes renowned Romanian actors such as Constantin Chiriac, Razvan Vasilescu, Sorin Lenoveanu, Ofelia Popii, Horatiu Malaele and many more.
Somewhere in Palilula tells the story of Serafim, a young doctor assigned on short-term at the hospital in Palilula, a little town lost somewhere on the map of the country, following the death of the previous pediatrician, old man Pantelică. Serafim gradually adapts to this world and ends up, unawares, to belong here.
More information about the film on the official website www.undevalapalilula.ro/l/en
Silviu Purcarete is one of the most appreciated theater directors in Romania and Europe. He has an experience of over 30 years and he made memorable performances especially at the National Theatre of Craiova and, recently, at the one in Sibiu. He is a member with a personal title of the European Theatres Union, owner of Golden Globe Peter Brook Prize for Best Theatre Director in 1995 and the Hamada Fundation Award for Artistic Excellence (Edinburgh International Festival 1991). In 2009, the play "Faust" was one of the points of maximum attraction of the Edinburgh Festival, the largest event of its kind in the world. This year in 2012 Silviu Purcarete received the Herald Angel Award for the “Gulliver’s Travels”.
Somewhere in Palilula is produced by Libra Film, with the support of the Romanian Film Centre and the MEDIA Programme of the European Union. The script has received international acclaim, winning the 2005 "Balkan Fund" Award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival.