Dana and Arthur, wife and husband in their forties, have been together for almost 10 years. They are a couple that society, family, 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- 4K – 116 min – 1.85:1 – Dolby 5.1 – Color – Romanian
Written and Directed 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) – Competition– Grand 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
“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)