We Put the World to Sleep

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.

  • Adrian Țofei
    Director
    Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)
  • Adrian Țofei
    Writer
    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
    Producer
    Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)
  • Duru Yücel-Țofei
    Co-producer
  • Danha Yunes, Jay Sorensen, Brandon Hart, Ricky Chen, Eli Griffen, Marcel
    Executive Producers
  • Sarp Onat Yücel, Mladen Adamovic, Ben MacCormack, Jacob Hair, Naomi Goff, Mine Yücel, Haydar Yücel, Brian Trevor Jones
    Associate Producers
  • Adrian Țofei
    Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design
    Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)
  • Adrian Țofei
    Casting, Production Management, Sound
    Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Metaphysical Drama, Psychological Horror, Apocalyptic Sci-Fi, Thriller, Mystery, Adventure, Dark Romance, Antihero film, Meta-cinema, Psychotronic, Mumblecore, Satire, Mockumentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 17 minutes
  • Country of Origin:
    Romania
  • Country of Filming:
    Romania, Turkey, Ukraine
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.77 : 1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
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 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 for his performance in Be My Cat, 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. It attracted a cult following and has been given a special limited DVD release by cult distributor TetroVideo.

Adrian Țofei has been married to actress Duru Yücel-Țofei since January 22, 2017, and they have also become partners on-screen in We Put the World to Sleep.

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Director Statement

We shot "We Put the World to Sleep" over a period of 5 years in over 12 cities, villages and remote locations in Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. My filmmaking method usually consists of working for months (years in this case) on an alternative psychological reality for the actors including myself, partially living in character, so that when we start improvising, I mainly need to record the unfolding events and to make sure the improvisation goes in the right direction. The script mostly consists of plot points. I shoot tens of hours of footage guerrilla style (about 200 hours for We Put the World to Sleep), and then I watch the footage like a documentary filmmaker would and I create the details of the story in post-production during the editing process.