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    XIII edition

    CHEMISTRY

    After a childhood spent in the working class neighborhood of a small industrial town on the shores of the Black Sea, Ana Petreanu is now captain of a major handball team and married to the financial manager of the factory that sponsors the club.

    But a serious injury clouds this perfect picture. Ana is confronted with the limitations of her own body and her most intimate fears. The team’s management hire a renowned physiotherapist, Frenchwoman Emilie, in order to bring Ana as quickly as possible back on the court. Only Emilie tries to make Ana aware that a return to the court could endanger both her career and her health. Marius, Ana’s husband, is displeased by the complicity the two women harbor and doesn’t take kindly to this stranger’s intrusion. Especially since Emilie is a lesbian… However, his apparent jealousy conceals something else. After a domestic argument, Marius reveals that the factory and the team will soon be liquidated, dismantled and sold piece by piece. This is why management pressures Ana to play to her full potential – they want to keep the appearances and cash in the most amount of money before it all turns into dust.

    Ana is mortified. All along, her battle with her own body had only been a prologue to her battle with an entire corrupt societal system. After a lifetime’s struggle out on the court, Ana readies herself for the ultimate match: the one that will tell her what price she needs to pay, in order to regain her own freedom.

    Romania

    Adina Dulcu

    Adina Dulcu graduated from “I. L. Caragiale” National University of Theater and Film, in Bucharest, and obtained a Masters’ degree in Film Studies, at the “Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès”. She lives between Romania and France and has developed a multi-layered career as a producer, scriptwriter, head of development and assistant director.

    Enriched by all these experiences, she began developing her own projects. Her first short film as a director, “Network Unavailable”, has just concluded its international festival circuit, including festivals like Mumbai IFF, Dublin FF, Cartagena IFF, or “Let’s CEE” Vienna. Adina has recently completed her second short, “The Island”, and is in development with her first feature, “Chemistry”, initiated at “L’Atelier Scénario Fémis” and supported by a development grant from the Romanian Film Centre. The project was already selected at “Transilvania Pitch Stop 2017” (at “Transilvania” IFF) and at “CineLink Development Workshop and Coproduction Market 2018” (at Sarajevo IFF).

    Udayan Prasad

    “ScripTeast is the programme all the advisors wish they could have attended at the start of their careers. It would have saved all that stumbling around in the dark looking for the key that stimulates the imagination so much more effectively.”

    BAFTA nominated, director of “My Son the Fanatic”, “The Yellow Hankerchief” and ”Opa!”, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, UK

    Tom Abrams

    “ScripTeast’s top-notch team of professional advisors, each year’s talented group of participants, and venues in Poland, Germany and France continue to make it the very best development workshop in the world today.”

    ScripTeast Head of Studies, Associate Professor – Screenwriting and Production at School of Cinematic Arts, USC, screenwriter and director, author of the script for the Oscar-nominated film “Shoeshine”, USA

    Scott Alexander

    “ScripTeast is a fascinating mix of cultures, political ideas, and voices. I learned a lot, and I think the participants learned a lot more. If only they served vodka!”

    Golden Globe awarded author of “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Ed Wood” with two Oscars, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, USA