The Forest



Script: Siniša Dragin
Photography: Eugen Oprina, Sinisa Dragin
Editing: Sinisa Dragin
Sound: Ioan Iacoban
Actors, social actors: Dalia Bogdan, Mica Rankovic
Producer, Co-producer: Siniša Dragin, Predrag Jakovljevic
Color: Colour and B&W
Language: Romanian, Serbian
At the center of this Romanian-Serbian co-production is the amazing story of an art historian in search of a painting that Romania’s prime minister gave to Josip Broz Tito in 1947. The painting of a forest with fallen leaves had been made by a renowned Romanian artist in the 19th century – and the forest is where Tito spent World War II as a partisan fighter. Romanian-Yugoslav relations under the Soviet bloc followed the same absurd path as the search for a reason for this gift. A playful cinematic study dedicated to a detail in the painting while exploring a great and serious historical subject.

“Over night, the new friendship with comrade Tito fell. Following his disputes with Stalin, all the communist bloc was forced to proclaim Tito the worst enemy of communism. The newspapers were filled with caricatures...”


n 1947 Josip Broz Tito, president of Yugoslavia, visited Romania for the first time. To cement the newborn socialist friendship, Romanian officials gave Tito a present: a painting from a local artist whose name was Ion Andreescu. Many years later, the painting winds up, entangled in a chilling spy story and reveals a dark secret that would rattle the foundations of both Yugoslavia and Romania.

Photo Gallery

Mrakonia Film 
Sinisa Dragin
Ciurea 14, Sector 2
Bucharest / Romania
+40 212 569 297

Festival edition: 2014
Sections: Between the Seas
Premiere Type: Czech Premiere
Exhibition format: Blu-ray
Subtitle languages: English
25.10.2014 13:30


The leitmotif of this year’s edition of the Ji.hlava IDFF will be memory