One Step Behind the Seraphim
Four rebellious first-year students in an orthodox college get into a battle to the end with a Machiavellian high priest who despite his respectful exterior is involved in a world of conflict and clandestine corruption.
ROMANIA | 2017 | COLOR | DCP | 150' | ROMANIAN
After his parents’ interference, young Gabriel is admitted to a seminary. Contrary to what someone would expect from such an institute, he finds himself in a Machiavellian universe where, in order to survive, he will be forced to adopt equally devious methods. Stylish, restrained, rich in detail and with the confidence of a veteran, Sandu’s semi-autobiographical debut feature sums up in 150 minutes all his experience from the seminary.
Sandu has the (much appreciated) nerve to introduce himself as a mature director, with a small epic about corruption in Romania’s most respectable institution. No wonder it has attracted Cristian Mungiu’s interest, who will be the producer of his next film. Th.K.
DIRECTOR: Daniel Sandu
SCREENWRITER: Daniel Sandu
DoP: George Dascalescu
EDITOR: Mircea Olteanu
PRINCIPAL CAST: Stefan Iancu, Vlad Ivanov, Toto Dumitrescu, Cristian Bota, Iulia Alexandra Dinu
Born in 1977, Daniel Sandu graduated the MEDIA University – Film school in Bucharest. He is a screenwriter and director of short films, feature films and TV series. The film, One Step Behind the Seraphim screened at Transilvania IFF 2018, winning the Romanian Days Audience Award.
2017 One Step Behind the Seraphim