Of Snails and Men / Despre oameni si melci (2012)

Length: 90 minutes



Of Snails and Men is inspired by true events. In a small town, the state-owned car factory, which employs almost all the local men, is about to be privatized. What the workers do not know is that their manager plans to make money from the deal and approaches two French businessmen, father and son, who are interested in buying the factory but intend to convert it into a snail cannery. There is not much space in their plan for the thousands of workers, but the only one who struggles to save the factory is the union leader. His crazy solution scares his fellow workers somewhat, as it involves them selling their sperm to a sperm bank...

Production status: Released

Produced by Libra Film, in co-production with Agat Films (France).


With the support of Romanian National Film Center, Eurimages, the MEDIA Programme of the European Uninon, Romanian National Television and HBO Romania. Also, the script was awarded with a development grant by the South Eastern Cinema Network (SEE Cinema Network).


International sales agent: Elle Driver (France).


Director: Tudor Giurgiu
Screenplay: Ionut Teianu
Cinematography: Vivi Dragan Vasile
Editing: Nita Chivulescu
Production design: Csaba Damokos
Sound: Florin Tăbăcaru, Cristian Tarnovețchi
Music: Vlaicu Golcea
Producers: Oana Giurgiu, Tudor Giurgiu, Patrick Sobleman
Andi Vasluianu
Monica Bîrladeanu
Dorel Vișan
Jean François Stevenin
Robinson Stevenin
Ion Besoiu
Valeria Seciu
Clara Vodă
Ovidiu Crișan
Ion Grosu

Selected at:
Valladolid International Film Festival, Valladolid, Spain, 2012
Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago, U.S.A., 2012
28th edition of Warsaw Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 2012
FebioFest- Prague International Film Festival, 2013
Sofia International Film Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2013
goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2013
Trophées Francophones du Cinéma, Paris, France, 2013
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013
LET´S CEE Film Festival, Viena, Austria 2013
Napoli Film Festival, Italy, 2013