by Marius Olteanu



Dana and Arthur, wife and husband in their forties, have been together for almost 10 years. They are a couple that society, family, and friends seem to love together, but despise separately. Because of their needs, their beliefs, their life options, their inner monsters.
The day comes for them to decide if letting go is the biggest proof of love.


Romania  2019  116mn  1.85:1  5.1  Romanian  1st Feature Film

Original title


Written and Directed by

Marius Olteanu

Produced by

Parada Film (Claudiu Mitcu) and Marius Olteanu


Wearebasca (Robert Fita, Iochim Stroe)


Judith State   (Dana)

Cristian Popa   (Arthur)

Alexandru Potocean (Taxi driver)

Șerban Pavlu  (Alex)

Dorina Lazar (Mamaie)


  • Luchian Ciobanu (DOP)
  • Ioachim Stroe (Editor)
  • Ioan Filip, Dan Ștefan Rucăreanu (Sound Design)
  • Mihnea Bogos (Sound)
  • Alexandra Alma, Ungureanu Stroe (Production Design and Costumes)
  • Paul Cioran (Assistant Director)
  • Carla Fotea (Production Manager)


Marius Olteanu was born in Bucharest in 1979. He graduated from the Film Directing Department of the National University of Theater and Film “I.L. Caragiale”, Romania.

He received an MA in Film Directing from the National Film and Television School, United Kingdom.

Marius Olteanu is also a published photographer.


Short films: No Man’s Land, fiction, 20 min, Black and white (2017) ; Tie, fiction, 29 min (2015) ; Why don’t you dance?, fiction, 30 min (2008) ; Sunday Afternoon, fiction, 30 min (2007)

Festivals & Awards

Berlinale 2019 – Forum – Tagesspiele Readers’ Jury Award

Sofia International Film Festival 2019 (Bulgaria) – CompetitionGrand Prix for Best Feature Film

Istanbul International Film Festival 2019 (Turkey)

Crossing Europe Film Festival 2019 (Austria) – Competition

Taipei International Film Festival 2019 (Taiwan) – International New Talent Competition 

Transilvania International Film Festival 2019 (Romania) – Romanian Days – Romanian Days Award for Debut

Frameline 2019 (USA) – World Cinema Competition

Karlovy Vary Film Festival – Another View

Montenegro Film Festival Herceg Novi – CompetitionGolden Mimosa for Best Screenplay

Namur International Film Festival (Belgium) – Compétition 1ère œuvre de fiction

Black Canvas Film Festival

CinEast Film Festival

New Fest Film Festival

Denver Film Festival – Official Selection

Thessaloniki Film Festival – Balkan Survey Section

FreeZone Film Festival – Best Film Balkan Horizons

MIX Sao Paulo – International Panorama

Goa International Film Festival – Best Debut Feature

Festival International du Cinema de Rabat – Official Selection

La Habana International Festival – Panorama Contemporaneo

Making Waves – New Romanian Cinema


Pune Film Festival- Global Section 

Trieste – Official Competition

Zinegoak Bilbao- Competition

D’A Film Festival – In competition

ROFest Chicago

11. LGBT Film Festival Poland

TLV Fest

Seattle Romanian Festival

Press Quotes

“Romanian director Marius Olteanu’s “Monsters.” is a remarkable debut — wise, compassionate, surprising — about a couple staking out their own slowly imploding marriage like it’s a partially dismantled apartment with no one home.”

“Marius Olteanu’s debut amounts to a powerful, minutely observed three-part study of a loving marriage threatened by socially taboo and mutually painful revelations.”

“The actors are superb, right down to the way their bodies seem familiarly in sync with each other even if there is no physical attraction between their characters anymore.”


“Monsters thoughtfully examines the soul-destroying agony of holding on and the paralysing fear of letting go, as taking that leap into a solo unknown could yield deliverance or despair.”


“thoughtful and thought-provoking love story.“


“A very impressive, strong film with wonderful actors“ (Knut Elstermann)

rbb radioeins “Der Berlinale Nighttalk”, live Interview

with the support

World Premiere- Forum
Crossing Europe Film Festival
Crossing Europe Film Festival
Crossing Europe Film Festival
Crossing Europe Film Festival
Crossing Europe Film Festival
Crossing Europe Film Festival
47ème La Rochelle
47ème La Rochelle
47ème La Rochelle

Markets and Festivals

Berlinale EFM 2019