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One Step Behind the Seraphim (2017)

Un pas în urma serafimilor (2017)

150 min. - Drama - N 15 - 22.09.2017


At the age of 14 Gabriel joins an orthodox seminary in order to become a priest, but instead runs across a corrupt system. He and three other classmates form a group that starts breaking all the rules, thus coming into opposition with the school management. Their main opponent is father Ivan, who, an ambitious and intelligent man who is set on managing the school by means of intimidation and who goes out of his way to expel his opponents.

Director: Daniel Sandu

Writer: Daniel Sandu

Stars: Ștefan Iancu, Vlad Ivanov

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Ștefan Iancu Gabriel
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Produced By

Hi Film Productions
Cu sprijinul Centrului Național al Cinematografiei și Programul MEDIA – EUROPA CREATIVĂ al Uniunii Europene, Hollywood Multiplex București Mall, Dr. Oetker, BCR, Vodafone România, MEDA, Praktiker România, Alphega Farmacie

Production info

Winner of the project contest organized by CNC (National Film Centre) in 2013 – feature debut category – 1,4 million lei.
Proiect dezvoltat din 2008 la workshop-uri: CineLink 2008, Ekran Wajda School 2010, Berlinale Co-Production Market 2013, Les Arcs Coproduction Village, Baltic Event Coproduction Market.
Filmări la Colegiu Național Unirea din Focșani.


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Festivals, Awards

  1. 2017 - UCIN - Best Script (Daniel Sandu), Best Actor in a supporting role (Ali Amir), Best score (Marius Leftarache), Special Mention (Stefan Iancu)
    2018 - Premiile Gopo - Best movie & Best Director & Best Writer & Best First Feature (Daniel Sandu) & Young Hope Award (Stefan Iancu) & Best Actor (Vlad Ivanov) & Best Actor in a supporting role (Ali Amir) & Best Cinematography (George Dăscălescu)
    2018 - Transilvania IFF - Romanian Days Audience Award


  • Daniel Sandu is a graduate of Seminarul Teologic ”Sf. Gheorghe” in Roman.
  • The shootings of the “uncles” from Păuneşti, renowned for the parade organize on the first day of the year in order to cast away the evil spirits, took place at Arpaşu de Sus, in Sibiu county.
  • Selected in Talent Project Market 2013 at Berlinale Talent Campus, CineLink Project Market Sarajevo and Baltic Event Tallinn.

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