Adrian Țofei (pronounced Tsofei) is an acclaimed 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.
IndieWire called Be My Cat: A Film for Anne “a hidden gem, a nonstop nightmare, a chilling character study and a dazzling debut”, Blumhouse said it’s a “new intelligent found footage film you need to see”, and Dread Central named it “revolutionary and dangerous”. 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 released by Terror Films in 2018, and has since attracted a cult following.
Adrian Țofei has been married to actress Duru Yücel since 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 and their most ambitious project to date.
Adrian Țofei’s filmmaking method usually consists of working for months or even years on an alternative psychological reality for the actors including himself, partially living in character, so that when they start improvising, Adrian mainly needs to record the unfolding events and to make sure the improvisation goes in the right direction. The script mostly consists of plot points. Adrian Țofei shoots tens of hours of footage guerrilla style and then watches the footage like a documentary filmmaker would and creates the details of the story in post-production during the editing process.
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne ("hidden gem & dazzling debut" IndieWire) • Coming soon: We Put the World to Sleep • Lists: Top 250 Film Festivals & Top 150 Genre Film Festivals