When John was born, in 1934, his mother gifted him with three names: John, Constantin, and Brâncuşi. She told him his father was Constantin Brâncuşi, the famous sculptor, but...
Libra Film is an independent film and TV production company, founded by Tudor Giurgiu in 1994. Between 2000-2015 Libra produced more than 30 films, out of which 10 were international co-productions.
Libra Film is the only Romanian production company which has been granted twice (2009 and 2011) development support by MEDIA Program of EU for its slate of projects including features and documentaries.
In 2004, Libra produced the award-winning documentary Great Communist Bank Robbery, by Alexandru Solomon, in co-production with Les Films D’Ici (France), BBC, ZDF/ARTE, France 2, with support of Eurimages, Jan Vrijman Fund and Discovery Campus Masterschool.
In 2006, Libra produced the local box-office hit Love Sick, by Tudor Giurgiu, with the support of Romanian Film Center, Hubert Bals Fund, Global Film Initiative and SEE Cinema Network. The film had its exclusive world premiere within the Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama section) and has been sold worldwide in more than 25 teritories.
Another Libra production, Katalin Varga, by Peter Strickland, was named the European Discovery of the Year at the 2009 European Film Awards and awarded with Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at Berlinale 2009. The Film was also nominated at the LUX annual prize, awarded by the European Parliament.
In 2008, Libra was the Romanian partner for Kornél Mundruczó’s Cannes competition film Delta, awarded with FIPRESCI Prize, and co-produced (together with Alfama Films – France) the directorial debut of actress Fanny Ardant, Ashes and Blood (premiered in Cannes 2009). The same year, Libra was the main producer of Crossing Dates by Anca Damian (Romanian-Finnish coproduction) and The Kino Caravan by Titus Muntean, a co-production with Filmkombinat (Germany). The film had its world premiere at Pusan IFF, 2009.
Between 2008-2010, LIBRA was also involved in the production of three TV documentaries: Australia, by Claudiu Mitcu, broadcasted in July 2009 on HBO Romania, about the first participation of Romania’s football team at the Homeless World Cup in Melbourne; Birds Way by Klara Trencsenyi and Vlad Naumescu, about the life of a forgotten community of Lipovans in Danube Delta, and Children of Uranium, by Adina Popescu and Iulian Ghervas.
Between 2009-2010, LIBRA offered production services for the 2.3 million Euros co-production The Mission of the Human Resources Manager by Eran Riklis, shot mostly in Romania. The film won the Audience Award in Locarno IFF 2010 and was representing Israel at the Academy Awards, in the Best Foreign Film category. Libra also provided services for the Italian producers of Indigo Film, who partially shot in Romania Ha Paura del buio / Afraid of the Dark, by Massimo Coppola, selected in Venice IFF 2010.
Why me? by Tudor Giurgiu was screened in Panorama at Berlinale 2015 and won several prizes, including Bulgarian Critics' Prize at Sofia IFF and a Special Prize at Tarkovski Fest in Russia. as well as Summer Break short film project by Andrei Tanase, as well as Oana Giurgiu’s documentary Aliyah Dada, developed in Archidoc program. The Japanese Dog, by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, was selected in New Directors competition of 2013 San Sebastian IFF and won The best Film Award in the New Europe – New Names section of Vilnius International Film Festival; The World is Mine by Nicolae Constantin Tanase, winner of Anonimul Independent Film Festival Trophy and several other prizes. Summer Break, a short film by Andrei Tănase, recently won Luna Prize at NexT Film Festival and was shown at TIFF and Timishort.
Libra Film's portfolio includes America, here we come! by Razvan Savescu; Somewhere at Palilula, the debut film of famous theater director Silviu Purcarete, selected in 2012 Karlovy Vary IFF and many other fests; Of Snails and Men, by Tudor Giurgiu, co-production with Agat Films (France), Romania’s box office hit in 2012, awarded in Warsaw, Valladolid, SEE Fest (Los Angeles) and Skt. Petersburg IFF; The Tanase Affair, a documentary by Ionut Teianu; the Spanish-Romanian-French-Russian coproduction Cannibal by Manuel Cuenca, which premiered in Toronto IFF 2013. Libra also produced the 2012 Best European Short Film Superman, Spiderman or Batman by Tudor Giurgiu, awarded at European Film Awards and many international festivals.
Several film projects are now in different production stages: Apropierea, a new feature film by Tudor Giurhiu, Breaking News, by Iulia Rugina, Draculatour - an animation by Cecilia Felmeri and From the Shadows, a documentary by Andrei Tanasescu and Sebastian Campean.