Felicia înainte de toate

First Of All, Felicia

Felicia (Ozana Oancea) left her home some 20 years ago, moved to the Netherlands, had a child, divorced, and made a career but comes home every year to Bucharest to visit her parents. Every visit is a wrenching experience which reaches its climax on the day of her departure. Her father (Vasile Mentzel) is retired, her mother (Ileana Cernat) a passive-aggressive woman who claims that all she does is sacrifice herself. In their feature debut, Răzvan Rădulescu and Melissa de Raaf display a gift for developing dramatic scenes and a talent for capturing some of the most sensitive issues troubling Romanians at this point in time. (Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily)

Director's Biography
Melissa de Raaf, Răzvan Rădulescu
Răzvan Rădulescu studied literature and opera directing
in Bucharest, and wrote several screenplays, among which was the acclaimed “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu” (Cristi Puiu). Melissa de Raaf studied art theory, philosophy and media art at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany. She is a curator of experimental film programs and wrote several scripts as well. “First of All, Felicia” is their feature debut.

Film Selection: Felicia înainte de toate (First of All, Felicia, 2009)   
Spotlight 2018
Melissa de Raaf, Răzvan Rădulescu
Romania / France / Croatia / Belgium 2009
120 minutes
Romanian / Dutch
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Melissa de Raaf, Răzvan Rădulescu
Cinematography Tudor Lucaciu
Editing Dana Bunescu
Sound/Sounddesign Titi Fleancu
With Ozana Oancea, Ileana Cernat, Vasile Mentzel, Victoria Cocias, Gelu Nitu, Serban Georgevic
Producer(s) Ada Solomon, Philippe Avril, Ankica Jurić Tilić, Jean-Yves Roubin
HiFilm Productions, Unlimited, FraKas Productions, Kinorama, ARTE France
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Sarajevo Film Festival 2009