The Romanian film Brancusi from Eternity has been submitted in the BAFTA competition for several categories including Film not in the English Language. The film is directed by Adrian Popovici and stars Claudiu Bleonț, Vlad Radescu, Alexandru Potocean, Iulia Verdes, and Andra Negulescu. Ioan Andrei Ionescu stars as the great sculptor, Constantin Brancusi. The script was written by Ioan Carmazan, Radu Aneste-Petrescu, and Pascal Ilie Virgil. The cinematographer of the film is Cristian Gugu, and it was edited by Marian Ene. The film was produced by Cornelia Palos.
The film can be viewed in December by the BAFTA voters in New York, as well as in London. It will also eligible in the Critics’ Circle. The first screening will be shown on December 6th at Sofia Gallery in London.
‘We would have liked for the first screening to happen at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London. However, for inexplicable reasons, following an affirmative response, we were informed that the ICR London could not hold the screening anymore. I wish to thank the ambassador of Bulgaria in London who has generously offered us the events room of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in London. Thus, thanks to the good will of our Bulgarian neighbours, the British film critics as well as the BAFTA voters will be able to watch a Romanian film about one of the few Romanian artists known throughout the world. As a moral fixture to the humiliation and rejection Constantin Brancusi suffered at the hands of the Romanian State, the president declared February 19th an annual national celebration in his honour. Despite this, our film will be presented on the territory of Bulgaria instead of Romania.’ says the producer of the film, Cornelia Palos.
Three stories, three characters, in three periods of time. Each one tells the tale about the talent, personality and work of one of the world’s greatest sculptors, Constantin Brancusi. The main story is about Brancusi following his arrival in Paris, during his friendship with Modigliani and his relationship with Martha, his favourite model. The second one is about Marin Etu, a student of Fine Arts. Due to his criticism of some of the Romanian Academy members who refused the legacy that Brancusi wanted to leave the Romanian state, he was sent to prison for 13 years. After being released, political police forced him to forge many of the works of Brancusi. Milarepa, a great scholar who lived in the XII century, in Tibet, is the link between the Romanian-French sculptor Brancusi and the forger Marin Etu. He influences the lives of the two until the moment of their transition into solitude. It is a film about the search for truth and perfection in art.
The film was made with the help of the Romanian National Film Center and the Romanian Television Society. The London screening was made possible with the help of the Bulgarian Cultural Institute London and the Bulgarian Embassy in London.