VARIETY September 6th, 2016 | By Elsa Keslassy
PARIS– Indie Sales has come on board “One Step Behind The Seraphim,” the promising feature debut of Romanian up-and-comer Daniel Sandu.
Set in modern-day Romania, “Seraphim” turns on Gabriel, a 15-year-old teenager who wants to become a priest and enters an Orthodox college, where he discovers that the system is totally corrupted and abusive. Like all the other students, Gabriel starts lying, stealing and cheating in order to survive in the seminary.
The story is inspired by Sandu’s own experience attending the Orthodox Theological Seminary “St. George” in Romania.
“The film speaks about the courage and the right of young people to take decisions, to oppose a system and, if necessary, to break the rules in order to protect their free will and not allow others to decide for them,” said Sandu, who previously directed the short “Horse Power” which played at Locarno and won best short film at Cottbus.
One of Romania’s new generation of directors, Sandu started off his career in TV: He partly wrote and directed two series, “Le Bloc” and “Nimeni nu-i perfect.”
Now in post, “Seraphim” toplines Ștefan Iancu, who starred in “Tales From The Golden Age,” and Vlad Ivanov, whose acting credits include “Toni Erdmann,” “Graduation” and “4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days.”
Ada Solomon, the high-profile Romanian producer behind “Child’s Pose” and “Toni Erdmann,” is producing the film at Hi Film productions.
Indie Sales will start selling “Seraphim” at Toronto with the script at hand. The movie will be delivered in 2017.
The French sales company has been ramping up acquisitions of world cinema titles.
“With this new acquisition Indie Sales confirms its strong interest for talented newcomers. Moreover we are very honored to have the chance to work with Ada Solomon who has consistently produced high quality independent films,” said Nicolas Eschbach, Indie Sales’ founder.
It recently picked up Lucia Carreras’s “Tamara & The Ladybug” which will play ay Toronto in the Discovery section.