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This film is Presented by The Mirescu Family

THE CHRISTMAS GIFT
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THE CHRISTMAS GIFT
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: Bogdan Muresanu

Romania, 2018, 20min
Format: Digital (screening) - HD (shooting)
Festival Year: 2019
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Adrian Vancica
Crew:  Producers: Bogdan Muresanu, Vlad Iorga, Victor Dumitrovici, Eduardo M Escribano Solera - Screenwriters: Bogdan Muresanu - Cinematography: Tudor Platon - Edition: Andrei Belasoiu - Distributor: Mailuki Films - Production Company: Mailuki Films, S.L., Kinotopia
Email:  mailukifilmsgmail.com

synopsis
On the 20th of December, 1989, a few days after Ceausescu's bloody repression in Timisoara, a father's quiet evening turns to sheer ordeal as he finds out that his little son has mailed a wish letter to Santa. As the kid understood, his father's desire was to see Ceausescu dead.

director
Bogdan Muresanu lives in Bilbao, Spain. He produced and directed his first short film in 2012, based on his own script, "Half Shaved". Selected in International Festivals as Montreal, Cinequest, Cleveland, Lille......and winner of the Audience Award at "Anonimul" IFF Sf. Gheorghe (Romania) In 2018 he presents 'The Christmas Gift', represented by Mailuki Films, while the short animation called The Magician is undergoing pre-production
Filmography   

filmmaker's note
On the 20th of December, 1989, a few days after Ceausescu's bloody repression in Timisoara, a fatherís quiet evening turns to sheer ordeal as he finds out that his little son has mailed a wish letter to Father Frost (the Communist Santa). Gelu, a 35 years old electrician, comes home carrying a fir tree when he first meets his son, Marius, then a neighbour. The grown-ups start talking in whispers about what has happened in Timisoara. The neighbour, Uncle Chican, is giving an orange to the little one so that he could have something under the fir tree. Father and son climb the stairs up to their flat on the third floor where they are welcome in by Mariana. As the kid plays around in the house, the same fearful atmosphere is increased by Ceausescuís speech on tv. Mariana turns it off and soon father and son are seated at the table waiting to be served with the dinner dish. The quiet ritual seems to take over the house again but not for long. Gelu is asking Marius if he was a good boy on his last day at school and, if so, what is it that he wrote to Santa. Marius answers back he was a very good boy and that he wrote to Santa all familyís wishes. But he mailed the letter so he canít show it to Gelu. Father insists in finding out what was inside the letter but only after he admonishes Marius for leaving the premises of their house. When, to his unpleasant surprise, Gelu finds out that Marius wrote in that letter that his fatherís most dear wish is toe see Ceausescu dead (Uncle Nick as he was commonly named at corners), all hell is unleashed. The two parents will quarell at length whose fault is it: the kidís or theirs and what is to be done. They will spend the night trying to figure out how they will get out of such a dire situation which seems hopeless. Mariana will come up with a solution and Gelu will apply it though later on, in the night, he will keep his doubts that he really managed to destroy the letter. Little does he know in those moments of utter despair that on the next day, the Romanian Revolution will outburst and in a few days, more precisely on the Christmas day, Ceausescu, Uncle Nick, will be executed.

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