AMERICA (dir. Cucuta & Gänæaard)

Frederik’s attempts at creating the safest place possible, where he is protected by his lovely walls in a room filled with guns. A story of uNRAveling.
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With more than 30 festival selections all over the world and 4 awards and prizes in the United States, Romania and Greece, AMERICA is a mirror put in front of the American society and an audience favorite.

  • Daniel Popa
    Key Cast
    “Frederik”
    I Am an Old Communist Hag (2013)
  • Octavian Boțel
    Key Cast
    “The Assaulter”
  • Eli Lester
    Key Cast
    “Frederik (voice)”
  • George ve Gänæaard
    Director
    July Love (2018), Flunked (2019)
  • Horia Cucută
    Director
    The Cigarette Bus (2019)
  • Ron Riekki
    Writer
  • Ayrton P. Bryan
    Producer
    Produced by
  • Horia Cucută
    Producer
    Produced by
  • Alin Boeru
    Producer
    Executive Producer
  • Valentin Paduraru
    Producer
    Executive Producer
  • Vlad Ghinea
    Producer
    Executive Producer
  • Ron Riekki
    Producer
    Produced by
  • Constantin Ene Jr.
    Cinematography
    Offstage (2018)
  • Bogdan Mosorescu
    Production Design
  • Teodor Mihnea Rusu
    Sound
    Sound Recording
  • Codruț Dubăț
    Sound
    Sound Mixing & Design
  • Cezar Boțel
    Sound
    VO Recording Technician
  • Michael Locksmith
    Editing
  • Horia Cucută
    Editing
  • Constantin Ene Jr.
    Color Grading
  • Kyle Preston
    Music
    End Credits Music
  • Laura Iane
    Typography
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 19, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    300 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Romania
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2,35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Festival Très Court 2019
    Bucharest
    Romania
    June 8, 2019
    Grand Prize and Audience Award Winner
  • Red Rock Film Festival
    Cedar City/St. George, Utah
    United States
    November 9, 2019
    Audience Award Winner for Fiction Short
  • International Microfilm Festival
    Madrid
    Spain
    January 26, 2020
    Audience Award 1st Prize Winner
  • Big Bang International Short Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    June 7, 2019
    Pan-Hellenic Distribution Award
  • Open Projector Night at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    United States
    May 22, 2019
  • Cefalù Film Festival
    Cefalù
    Italy
    June 1, 2019
  • International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films
    Varna
    Bulgaria
    June 14, 2019
  • zeitimpuls shortfilm 2019
    Vienna
    Austria
    June 18, 2019
  • Breaking Waves Film Festival
    Long Island, Nova Scotia
    Canada
    August 3, 2019
  • Full Moon - Horror & Fantasy Film Festival
    Biertan, Sibiu
    Romania
    August 8, 2019
  • To The Wild Independent Film Festival
    Bucharest
    Romania
    August 24, 2019
  • Sinevizyon
    Nicosia
    Cyprus
    September 11, 2019
  • Melrose Film Festival
    Orlando, Florida
    United States
    September 14, 2019
  • Charlotte Film Festival
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    United States
    September 27, 2019
  • International Tour Film Festival
    Rome
    Italy
    October 11, 2019
  • Obscura Berlin 2019
    Berlin
    Germany
    October 19, 2019
  • Oska Bright Film Festival
    Brighton
    United Kingdom
    October 26, 2019
  • 60 Seconds or Less Video Festival
    Chestertown, Maryland
    United States
    October 30, 2019
  • Rockport Film Festival
    Rockport, Texas
    United States
    October 31, 2019
  • East Lansing Film Festival
    Lansing, Michigan
    United States
    November 2, 2019
  • Soo Film Festival
    Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
    United States
    November 3, 2019
  • La Caja de Fósforos
    Caracas
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    November 23, 2019
  • Festivalul de Psihanaliză și Film
    Bucuresti
    Romania
    December 12, 2019
  • Planos Film Fest
    Tomar
    Portugal
    December 14, 2019
  • Arkansas Shorts
    Hot Springs, Arkansas
    United States
    January 4, 2020
  • Oregon Short Film Festival
    Portland, Oregon
    United States
    February 21, 2020
  • Americana Film Fest
    Barcelona
    Spain
    March 7, 2020
  • Oakland Short Film Festival
    Oakland, California
    United States
    March 24, 2020
  • Cortisonici
    Varese
    Italy
    April 4, 2020
Distribution Information
  • mc² film
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - George ve Gänæaard, Horia Cucută

George ve GÄNÆAARD is a film director, writer and producer, born in 1984. He first got his degree in Sociology, in Bucharest, and studied Film and Television in United Kingdom, at Aberystwyth University.
George has worked as part of the crew on films like DOMESTIC (2011), THE DITCH (2012), ART (2013), ILLEGITIMATE (2015), FIXEUR (2016), A DECENT MAN (2018) and 5 MINUTES LATER (2019).
Recently, George had written and directed three short films, AMERICA (2019), FLUNKED (2020) and I HAVE YOU NOW (2020), with more than 30 festival selections around the world and 5 awards in the United States, Spain, Romania and Greece.
At the moment George is in post-production with his newest short film, an animated stop-motion, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TEETH!.
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HORIA CUCUTĂ is a DYI filmmaker based in Bucharest, Romania. He got his degree in Marketing and worked as a multimedia designer for different advertising companies.
In the past four years he has been a collaborator with mc² film, having different crew roles: editor, animator, digital imaging technician and on-set photographer.
Recently, Horia has written and directed two short films, PLANS (2016) and SABBATICAL (2018), part of the no-budget omnibus THE CIGARETTE BUS (2019), produced by mc² film.

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Director Statement

In our hunt for amazing screenplays, we created in 2016 a script contest. For its second edition, in 2017, Ron's AMERICA was by far the best script we have received, catching our attention from the first words on the page. But the most interesting fact about it was the comedic aspect, which was making you laugh, while being astonished, in the same time.
We have done our best to keep the quality of the screenplay, while transferring it to the screen, aiming to present through image, sound and fast cuts a man's psychological trauma.