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    Viking line story

    After many years, two high school ex-lovers, attempt to reignite their old flame on a Viking Line cruise. In spite of their differing circumstances, they both feel this may be the last train to true romance.Viking Line Story is the story of two misfits on a journey through the Scandinavian maritime landscape. The events that unfold trigger vague recollections of the distant past and reveal the discrepancies between how the characters perceive themselves and the actuality of how they are. Carmen is a Romanian mother of two grown-up boys. She is trapped in an unfulfilling marriage to a failed rock musician and a dead-end job.

    David emigrated from Chile to Romania after General Pinochet’s coup. In Romania, he had a brief but unconsummated romance with Carmen. For the past 20 years, he has lived in Stockholm, where he owns a bronze foundry. He has recently divorced from his wife – a Swedish sculptor – with whom he has two children. Because he lost his house in the divorce, he now lives in his foundry. Both Carmen and David have been out of the dating game and feel worthless. Although they have both reached the point in their lives where they should be “established”, they are perfect examples that you are never too old to feel inadequate and vulnerable – to be a loser. The film starts from the premise that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

    After one year of online flirting, Carmen and David decide to give their relationship another shot, and David asks Carmen to visit him in Sweden. Because the foundry is an inappropriate place to host guests, he decides to take Carmen on a cruise in an attempt to reignite their old flame.
    But the Stockholm-Helsinki cruise they embark upon turns out to be a rather unsuitable place for their shy romance.


    Xandra Popescu

    Screenwriter, artist and curator. She holds an MA in Dramatic Writing from the National Theater and Film University in Bucharest and has a background in Political Science. Currently, Xandra is directing her first film within the framework of Aristoteles Workshop dedicated to creative documentary. The film tells the story a young metro-sexual throughout his struggles to escape his small village and become a famous hairstylist.
    Viking Line Story co-written with Stefan Constantinescu is delevoped with the support of the Swedish Film Institute, to be co produced by Hi Film in Bucharest and ATMO in Stockholm.

    Selected filmography:
    2011 Six Big Fish – short film script co-written with Stefan Constantinescu, in production, supported by the Swedish Film Institute and the Malmö Konstmuseum, co-produced by Hi Film in Bucharest and ATMO in Stockholm
    2011 Family Dinner – short film script co-written with Stefan Constantinescu, produced by ATMO Stockholm, selected for the 51’st Critic’s Week in Cannes
    2010 Don`t be Afraid! – feature film script, manuscript
    2010 The Sexual Lives of our Parents – documentary film script, realized at the National Theatre and Film University in Bucharest, Romania
    2008 Squat Soap – directed by Geanina Carbunariu staged at the Teatrul Foarte Mic in Bucharest

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