In 2011 I graduated the National University for Theatre and Film in Bucharest where I studied film directing from 2007 to 2011. During these years, I directed several short movies and documentaries. My graduation film is called “Tennis” and it was selected at different festivals, such as Clermont Ferrand Film Festival or Curtas Vila do Conde. In 2012, I started my own production company, Popski Production. Along with Popski I produced a short film called “Km 73” which was presented at Locarno Film Festival in 2015. I also worked for other production companies such as DeFilm, Actorie de film, Libra Film, MediaPro, with whom I worked at several independent short films, music videos, documentaries, TVC’s. Now I’m working at my first feature film script, called Crissea IV.
The documentary aims to recreate the path of one of the most famous sportsmen in Romania, a route that immediately after one of the most titled performances of the Romanian sport, is transformed into a continuous struggle for survival. Helmut Duckadam, baptized by the international press “The hero of Seville”, less than two weeks after winning the most prestigious inter-club trophy in the world, is expelled from the team and his access to the club’s premises is forbidden. Duckadam refused to take part in an arranged match in which he was asked by the club management to receive more goals for Victor Piţurcă to become the goalscorer of the championship. This refusal causes Duckadam to lose his position as goalkeeper at CSA Steaua Bucharest. However, the moment of inspiration in the European Champions Cup final where he has defended four consecutive penalties, a unique performance in the history of world football, turns him into a true hero and brings him international recognition.