After seeing #dogpoopgirl, I hope the Romanian audience thinks again before saying “I’m not going to Romanian movies!”

Inspired by the first real public shaming case on the internet, the movie #dogpoopgirl tells the story of a young woman who ends up going through moments of nightmare and being threatened with death. And that’s because he had apparently refused to pack his dog’s mess in a subway car. Although the story was forgotten, director Andrei Huțuleac wrote a film script inspired by the events that took place in 2005 in Seoul, making his production debut as a feature film director.

Alina Neagu, the central figure of the story, is played by the actress Andreea Grămoșteanuwho says that the border between the absurd and tragic moments that his character goes through attracted her to the script and she happily entered this creative collaboration.

“I clung to Alina pretty quickly. There’s probably something there that I instinctively understood was happening to her. She’s always one step behind the existence she wants in a way, but she doesn’t know what. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. “

Andreea Grămoșteanu continues to talk about the movie Dog Poop Girlreleased in Romanian cinemas these days.

How did you become Alina, the main character in “Dog Poop Girl”

The story is pretty simple. Andrei approached me one day with the request to read a screenplay and to choose something that I would like to play from. And I received the script, I looked at it, I really liked it, it was very well decorated. I never thought about the main character. Then I called him … in fact I think I wrote to him, I didn’t call him and I asked him who the main character is playing and his answer was: “Well, you, woman! That’s why I sent it to you! ” And then I asked him to come to me and talk.

We had a pretty long discussion about how he sees it, what option he wants to choose, whether it’s a character my age or at a slightly younger age, as it appeared in the script. I had a lot to talk about. On the one hand, it was a fairly easy conversation between us, since we had known each other for some time, we had worked and played together. Of course, there was another situation here, it was Andrei’s position as a director, which I really, really enjoyed. I think we both somehow got on each other’s hands. We had a rehearsal period where we talked, took things and split the thread into four, seven, twenty or thirty and then on the set we had the same unfettered dialogue.

About the story behind the script

I didn’t know the true story of the #dogpoopgirl movie script. Andrei told me. He also lent me the book “Public Shaming” from which he was inspired, in which he had read about this woman’s case. What drew me to the script was the boundary between absurd comedy and the tragedy of the situations I go through. I clung to Alina pretty quickly. There’s probably something in there that I instinctively understood was happening to her. She is a woman who is constantly waiting for something she doesn’t even know. She is always one step behind her existence, the existence she wants in a way, but she doesn’t know how it should be. It is a great impotence to take one’s life into one’s own hands. I think this was a point that made me aware and from which I somehow started to exploit this unknown field of this woman.

Creative negotiation with the director

Andrei had this leitmotif in asking something of an actor or at least me. He always says, “Leave it! Let the excitement come out! Leave! Go ahead! Let it go, don’t think that this is not a typical Romanian film! Let his excitement come out! ” Honestly, there was no creative negotiation between us. It seems to me that everyone received from each other what they wanted: I received great freedom, not coercion and he received all my credit. That’s about it. I don’t know how to negotiate with directors, or at least I don’t think so. From my experience, which is quite small in terms of cinema, I tried to be open and honest. Otherwise I don’t know how.

How the character construction challenged you

Being a long-term role, you’re sure to have moments when you doubt it. You have moments when you are anxious or you have the feeling that it is something you are not doing properly, but I left this area quite quickly which only creates discomfort. The whole team was there for the same kind of result. Everyone was shooting at the same wagon. I felt extremely protected by the team. The whole team, from the props, from the DOP, from the makeup, from the first, everyone seemed to be there for the same thing. Everyone received and worked enthusiastically on this project because they believed in it. Everyone believed in him!

The reactions of the Romanian public

We are currently waiting for the opinion of the Romanian public. I can only talk about the feedback I have had so far at festivals and the feedback has been very good. Unexpected! The film surprised the viewer a lot. From the subject to the rhythm, to the way he is chosen to be presented. Everyone was very pleased with the final product and we hope that the Romanian public will have at least the same reaction.

What do you hope people will stay with after watching this movie?

After seeing Dog Poop Girl, I hope that the Romanian audience first of all will think again before saying “I don’t go to Romanian movies! I have nothing to see! They’re just festival movies. ” And understand that this is not the case! To understand that the Romanian film has diversified a lot, that there are ways and means to make a film and to present a film and I hope that they will be much more excited from now on when a Romanian film appears and not be full of prejudices about Romanian film. That’s what I really want from this movie.

What did you get out of this artistic collaboration with?

I left with a lot of good things after this movie. I have a pretty full quiver from him. In addition to the fact that I gained a relationship with Andrei from the director’s point of view, I also managed to break some prejudices against myself. I don’t know if the opinion on internet shaming has changed. And before I thought that the internet is often just a landfill where a lot of excitement is thrown away and not much is recycled. Now, perhaps, my belief is stronger.


Photo credit: Irina Epifan

From the pandemic

For me, I think the pandemic was, at first, like everyone else’s: a shock. Then, slowly, when I managed to get out of the shock paralysis, I began to think about what I could do so that I would not remain in shock. And thinking about the phrase all good and bad, I managed to stay with Marin with Amza, our little boy, with whom in normal times we probably would not have been able to stay together so long. We probably would have run away all the time.

Romanian theater and cinema, post-pandemic

I don’t know yet what the theater looks like after the pandemic. Now, what makes me very happy is that the world has become greedy again: theaters are being stormed. It’s full of shows! The world wants to go out, the world wants to see. And as for cinema, I really don’t know and I still can’t express an opinion.

Your plans

Now, I am preparing a show together with Cristi Iacob and the director Laurențiu Rusescu after the play Frankie and Johnny. It will premiere on April 16 at Gloria Hall. Regarding the film, I finished some projects with Bogdan Mirica, Tudor Giurgiu and a short film directed by Emanuel Pârvu. I’m here for the time being. I’ll actually see what’s coming. We will see!


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