Florin Şerban

2001 Mecano (short)
2002 Jumatate de orass face dragoste cu cealalta jumatate/
Half of the City Makes Love with the Other Half (short)
2009 Emigrant (short)
2010 Eu cănd vreau să fluier, fluier/If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
2015 Box

He was born in 1975, in Romania. He studied and taught at New York’s Columbia University and holds an MA in Film Directing (Summa Cum Laude). He also graduated from the Romanian National University of Theater and Film in 2002. He holds a BA in Philosophy and an MA in the Philosophy of Culture and Hermeneutics. During his studies, he wrote and directed short films and documentaries, and won numerous scholar awards and scholarships. His directorial feature debut If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle won him the Silver Bear - Grand Prize of the Jury and the Alfred Bauer Award for innovation in cinema at the 2010 Berlin IFF. The film also received many other best film and best director awards. He is now working on his third feature film, America, and holds the position of director and coordinating professor at The Acting School in Bucharest, Romania.

International Competition

Box / Florin Şerban

The paths of two fundamentally different people cross because of love. A 19-year-old promising Roma boxer becomes obsessed with a 34-year-old married theater actress. On a superficial level, they have nothing in common, but they both – fragile and dynamic as they are – struggle to prove their identity, exceed their limits and achieve their goals. Inevitably, they come closer and closer. Love stories are not that common in Romanian cinema. However, Florin Şerban chooses to narrate a startling love encounter that is much more than that.

Director:Florin Şerban
Script:Florin Şerban
Cinematography:Marius Panduru
Editing:Eugen Kelemen
Sound:André Rigaut, Mathias Lempert
Costumes:Augustina Stanciu
With:Hilda Péter (Cristina), Rafael Florea (Rafael), Sorin Leoveanu (George), Nicolae Motrogan (Bunicul)
World Sales:The Match Factory, Germany T. +49 30 443 190 520 F. +49 30 443 190 530
Production Design:Mihaela Poenaru
Producer:Florin Şerban
Production:Fantascope, Romania T. +40 212 100 985 office@
Production Country:Romania-France-Germany
Co-production:Augenschein Filmproduktion GmbH (Germany), MPM Film (France)
Format:DCP Color
Production Year:2015

The film participated in the 2012 Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s CROSSROADS co-production forum

FIPRESCI Award – Karlovy Vary IFF 2015, Czech Republic
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 15:45 | ID:414
FRIDA LIAPPA:Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 20:00 | ID:546