First Night / Prima noapte (2016)

Original title: Prima noapte
English title: First night
Director: Andrei Tănase
Produced by: Co-produced by Deutsche Exotik Filmproduktion GmbH, Libra Film Productions, Commitet and ARTE/ SWR Germany
Production year: 2016
Length: 17 min
Genre: Short film
Production status: Released

Alex’s birthday is coming up soon and his father prepared a very special surprise for him. The night is going to be intense.

First Night had its world premiere in the Orizzonti Short Film Competition at Venice Film Festival, 2016. The cast includes young actors Alfredo Minea and Cristiana Luca, along with reknown actors Mimi Brănescu and Elvira Deatcu.

Andrei Tănase (born in 1982) studied cinema at the National Film School in Bucharest (UNATC) and works as a freelance screenwriter and director. His filmography includes awarded short films such as Summer Break (Luna Prize at NexT IFF 2015, TIFF, Namur, FilmFest Dresden), Claudiu and the Fish (TIFF, Cottbus, Namur, Molodist, 2013), Kings of the Castle (short documentary, 2010, co-directed with Vlad Ilicevici), Mc Russia (short documentary, 2008), Love Forever (short fiction, 2006),  Myriapod (2004).

Director & scriptwriter: Andrei Tănase
Director of photography: Barbu Bălășoiu
Editor: Andrei Bălășoiu
Sound-design: Tobias Peper
Re-recording: Andrew Mottl
Costume & production design: Monica Muntean
Co-produced by Deutsche Exotik Filmproduktion GmbH, Libra Film Productions, Commitet and ARTE/ SWR Germany
Alfredo Minea
Cristiana Luca
Mimi Brănescu
Elvira Deatcu
The Minister of Fine Arts Promotion Prize, Filmfest Dresden - International Short Film Festival.
Danzante Prize, International Competition, Festival International de Cine de la Huesca
Best Romanian Short Film Award in the National Competition, NexT Film Festival
Best Short Film, Bašta Fest, Serbia

Selected at:
Anonimul IFF, Romania, August 2017
Filmul de Piatra, Romania, July 2017
Motovun International Film Festival, Croatia 2017
Grimstad IFF, Norway 2017
Festival International de Cine de la Huesca, 2017
Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj Napoca, Romania 2017
FilmFest Dresden, 2017
The Norwegian Short Film Festival - Kortfilmfestivalen, Norvegia, April 2017
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, France, September 2016
Orizzonti Short Film Competition, Venice Film Festival 2016