TIFF 2017: New Images & Clips From Calin Peter Netzer’s “Ana, mon amour”
Romanian filmmaker Calin Peter Netzer (Child’s Pose) won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his latest film “Ana, mon amour.” A captivating romance between two people that is either triggered by their mutual love or their mutual addiction. Following up his 2013 Golden Bear winner Child’s Pose with this Silver Bear–winning entry (for outstanding artistic contribution), Calin Peter Netzer’s new film is one of the most highly anticipated films at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
Starring: Mircea Postelnicu, Diana Cavallioti, Vasile Muraru & Adrian Titieni, here’s everything we know about Calin’s new film.
Toma meets Ana while they are both studying literature at university. Ana has a mild neurotic disorder and suffers from panic attacks. Toma follows her to every dark corner she ends up in, he fights his parents when they reject her, he accepts being a father and marries her, he becomes her babysitter, her driver, her everything. Toma appears to be in control of the couple’s relationship, when in fact he just gravitates around a woman he can not understand, pushing his endurance to the limit, trying to save her. When Ana overcomes her fears and adapts to the outside world, Toma remains alone, trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together, striving to understand the whirlwind that he has gone through.
“Ana, mon amour” is a story about a man’s struggle to find out how the unseen, the unspoken, even the unthought shaped his life. “I think it’s important you understand what kept you with Ana.” Toma is told during a therapy session. The film doesn’t deal with the erosion of Toma’s relationship with Ana, but rather with the actual impossibility of properly building a relationship. The lovers behave like communicating vessels in physics; they flow into each other with their own unfulfilled needs. They are caught up deeply in what psychoanalysis calls transference: the redirection of existing feelings and desires towards a new object. The truth always finds a way to survive its denial.
About The Director:
Calin Peter Netzer was born in 1975 in Petrosani, Romania. His first feature film “Maria” (2003) was screened in prestigious festivals, won awards in Locarno (Special Prize of the Jury and the Bronze Leopard) and it was nominated for the EFA Awards. His 2nd feature, “Medal of Honor” (2009), was selected in more than 30 festivals and awarded in Thessaloniki, Turin, Miami, Durres, Los Angeles and Zagreb. “Child’s Pose” (2013) received the Golden Bear at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, nd is the only Romanian feature to have received this award. With his most recent feature, “Ana, mon amour” (2017), Netzer returns to the Official Selection at Berlinale.