POPPY FIELD by Eugen Jebeleanu 

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Cristi a young gendarme from Bucharest keeps his homosexuality secret, since it is a stigma among military ranks. He is in a long-term relationship with Hadi, who lives in another city. The same day Hadi comes to visit him for a few days, Cristi is called in for an intervention at a movie theatre, where an ultra-nationalist, homophobic group has sabotaged the screening of a queer film. When one of the protesters recognises Cristi and threatens to disclose the secret about his sexuality, Cristi is faced with the danger of losing everything he has.

Tallinn Black Nights (comp.), Torino IFF (comp.), Gijon IFF (comp.)

"... adept first feature" – Screen

"... successful debut film" – Film Plus Kritik

"...this is an exciting, morally grey film tackling a complex topic within a country that is still in the process of fully recognising LGBT rights. Stressing realism over didacticism while realising the full humanity of nearly all its players, it’s more proof of the rich and exciting potential of contemporary Romanian film to make fascinating art out of simple premises." – dmovies.org

"A high-voltage film, without the need for major scenic devices, which feeds on characters as human as they are unpleasant and cruel, something in which Romanian cinema is expert and rich in exploring." – C7nema

Cast

Conrad Mericoffer – Cristi / Alexandru Potocean – Mircea / Radouan Leflahi – Hadi / Cendana Trifan – Cătălina / Ionuț Niculae – Alex / Alex Călin – Claudiu / Rolando Matsangos – Dan / George Piștereanu – Stroia

Crew
Director: Eugen Jebeleanu / Writer: Ioana Moraru / Producer: Velvet Moraru / Cinematographer: Marius Panduru / Editor: Cătălin Cristuțiu / Sound: Alex Dragomir / Art Director: Velica Panduru / Co-producer: Rodrigo Ruiz Tarazona Diaz, Cornelia Popa, Cosmin Fericean

Technical information
Original Title: Câmp de maci / Shot on 16mm / Color/ Image format: 1:1.85 / 82 min / Sound format: 5.1. / Original language: Romanian, English, French / Production Company: ICON Production / Co-production companies: Motion Picture Management , Cutare Film / Romania 2020