Soldiers. Story from Ferentari

by Ivana Mladenovic

A contemporary love story set in the most notorious outcast neighborhood of Bucharest.

Adi (40), a shy and introverted anthropologist who recently got dumped by his girlfriend, moves to Ferentari, the most notorious outcast neighbourhood in Bucharest. He plans to write a study on manele music. The pop music of the Roma community serves as away out for some, but mostly it is one more ploy for the mafia pimps to make money off their acts and keep them in slave-like dependency. While researching his subject, Adi meets Alberto, a Roma ex-convict and a bear of a man, who promises Adi to help him. Soon, the unlikely pair begins a playful romance in which Adi feeds Alberto with improbable plans of escaping poverty and Alberto reciprocates with well-concocted signs of affection. Little by little their casual affair grows into love. And the funny and sweet teasing turns into something precarious, since Alberto is both dangerous and fragile and belongs to a world whose codes Adi doesn‘t understand.A modern Romeo & Juliet set in the Roma outskirts of Bucharest.

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / Romanian / 119 minutes
Original title
Soldatii. Poveste Din Ferentari
directed by
Ivana Mladenovic
produced by
Hi Film Productions in co-production sith Film House Bas Celik and Frakas Productions
  • Adrian Schiop
  • Vasile Pavel-Digudai

Press Quotes

“A quirky semi-fiction with lots of colorful detail.”

“An unflinching and unadulterated drama of two individuals exploring their profound desires.”