We Put the World to Sleep

Plotline: Adrian and Duru get lost in the characters they play in an apocalyptic film and embark on a secret mission to end the world for real.

Brief production info: International coproduction, 7 years in the making, shot in 13 cities and villages across Romania, Turkey and Ukraine using a diverse international cast.

  • Adrian Țofei
    Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)
  • Adrian Țofei
    Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)
  • Adrian Țofei
    Key Cast
    Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)
  • Duru Yücel-Țofei
    Key Cast
    Grandpas Know Best (2012)
  • Erisse Peterson
    Key Cast
  • Andreea Enciu
    Key Cast
    Autograph (2019)
  • Danha Yunes
    Key Cast
  • Adrian Țofei
    Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)
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  • Genres:
    Metaphysical Drama, Psychological Horror, Apocalyptic Sci-Fi, Thriller, Mystery, Adventure, Dark Romance, Antihero film, Meta-cinema, Psychotronic, Mumblecore, Satire, Mockumentary, Screenlife, Queer cinema, Post-cinema
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 17 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 12, 2022
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  • Country of Filming:
    Romania, Turkey, Ukraine
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  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.77 : 1
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Director Biography - Adrian Țofei

Adrian Țofei (pronounced Tsofei) is an acclaimed Romanian filmmaker and actor best known for his debut horror feature Be My Cat: A Film for Anne and his upcoming apocalyptic feature We Put the World to Sleep, as well as his film festival lists used by numerous filmmakers.

Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015) was named a “new intelligent found footage film you need to see” by Blumhouse, “revolutionary & dangerous” by Dread Central and “terrifying” by Austin Chronicle. Adrian won Best Actor at Nashville Film Festival as well as Best Film at A Night of Horror in Sydney. He directed, produced, wrote and starred in the movie, which premiered in 2015 at Fantasporto, traveled the festival circuit and received critical acclaim (currently 88% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), being ultimately acquired and released by Terror Films in 2018, and has since attracted a cult following.

Adrian Țofei has been married to actress Duru Yücel since January 22, 2017, and they have also become partners onscreen in their upcoming feature We Put the World to Sleep, an international coproduction 7 years in the making which proved to be Adrian's most ambitious project to date.

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Director Statement

We shot "We Put the World to Sleep" over a period of 5 years (7 years with pre & post-production) in 13 cities, villages and remote locations across Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. It's by far the most difficult and ambitious project I ever did, facing numerous challenges over the years.

We had a diverse cast coming from the 3 production countries (Romania, Turkey, United States), and my filmmaking method was based on creating an alternative psychological reality for the actors including myself, partially living in characters all these years. The script mostly consisted of plot points. I shot about 200 hours of footage guerrilla style, then I watched the footage like a documentary filmmaker would and created the details of the story in post-production.

The multiple film-within-a-film meta layers coupled with a screenlife approach and naturalistic acting are meant blur the lines between what’s real and what’s not, resulting in what I hope to be a mind-bending and challenging movie that would impact audiences in unpredictable ways.