The Japanese Dog – In cinemas starting October 18th

Bucharest, October 10th 2013Transilvania Film announces the cinema release of The Japanese Dog | Câinele Japonez, starring Victor Rebengiuc and Șerban Pavlu. An impressive family drama, the feature is Tudor Cristian Jurgiu first and will be nationally released on October 18th.

Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s film tells the moving story of the reconciliation of a father with his son, who left Romania many years ago. Victor Rebengiuc makes a come-back in a leading role. The cast also includes Șerban Pavlu, Kana Hashimoto, Ioana Abur, Constantin Drăgănescu, Alexandrina Halic, Laurentiu Lazar.

Elderly Costache Moldu has lost his wife and all his goods in a flood.

The unexpected return of his son, Ticu, from Japan forces them to relearn how to communicate, to become a family again. Costache becomes a real grandfather to his 7 years old grandson, while Ticu straightens mistakes from the past.

A delicate film about family reconciliation.

You can watch the trailer of the film by following this link:

About the director:

Tudor Cristian Jurgiu graduated from the Film Directing Department of the National Theatre and Film University in 2009. He directed Olli’s Wedding (2009), a short  film produced by Libra Film and awarded at numerous festivals (Best Short Film at the Leeds Film Festival, Best Romanian Film at NexT IFF 2009, Best Short Film at Anonimul IFF 2009 and at the Romanian Film Industry Awards- Gopo for Best Short Film of the Year). His latest short, In the Fishtank, won the 3rd Prize of Cinefondation at Cannes 2013.

About the film:

The Japanese Dog  is a Libra Film production, with the support of the CNC, of HBO Romania and of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union. The original script by Ioan Antoci was awarded the Krzysztof Kieslowski  Award for Best Central and Easter- European Script at ScriptEast 2009. Ioan Antoci had also won the HBO Best Feature Film Script Award at the National Script Contest organized by HBO Romania, in partnership with TIFF. Tudor Giurgiu is the producer of the film, Bogdan Crăciun the executive producer, Andrei Butică the director of photography and Dragoş Apetri the editor of the film.


A visit to will reveal more on the film, the film team, as well as details from the shot.

The Japanese Dog premiered within the New Directors section of  the 61st International Film Festival San Sebastian and was enthousiastically received by the public, as well as by the international critics. Hollywood Reporter wrote: „A satisfying, unexpectedly upbeat film, superbly played, in which hope is always just about visible through the tragedy. Romanian cinema’s ability to explore big themes with minimal materials is reconfirmed in Japanese Dog, a leisurely, lyric and clear-eyed study of the changes in the life of an elderly man following the 2010 floods that devastated the northeast of the country. Viewers anticipating the bleakness and grim humor that characterizes much of the Romanian New Wave will instead find here a gentle film which, while entirely unsentimental, is gently upbeat, and while slow-moving, carefully avoids indulgence. This strikingly confident first feature is deserving of further fest bookings.”

The German distributor M-Appeal has bought the rights for international distribution. After the Romanian premiere, the film will travel as part of the competition selections to numerous film festivals: Warsaw IFF, Arras IFF, Mumbai FF,  Thessaloniki IFF etc.

Transilvania Film is the Romanian distributor of the film and the first week will bring The Japanese Dog to the following cities: Bucharest,  Botoșani, Brașov, Călărași, Cluj, Constanța, Craiova, Piatra Neamț, Târgu Mureș and Vaslui. 

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