Day of the Tiger


64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

A roaming tiger terrorizing a small town becomes the catalyst for exploring the wilds of human desire, the jungle of love, the desert of loss, and sorrow in this imaginative, haunting debut that unveils a new talent in the rich reservoir of Romanian cinema. Vera, the veterinarian at the local zoo will recognize something of her in the animal everyone is chasing, kindling a sense of compassion she believed she didn't possess. At the same time, long-hidden truths from her past and the challenges in her marriage break free, upending her life. Going beyond the conventions of familiar realism, Andrei Tănase unfolds a film that is simultaneously a study of characters and an exploration of an entire society. It captures a deeper truth while flirting with paradoxes, in an unexpected and poignant way.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Andrei Tănase
Script: Andrei Tănase
Cinematography: Barbu Bălășoiu
Editing: Smaro Papaevangelou
Sound: Marius Leftarache, Marian Bălan
Music: JB Dunckel
Actors: Cătălina Moga, Paul Ipate, Alex Velea
Production: Domestic Films, Altamar Films, Graal Films
Producers: Anamaria Antoci, Irena Isbanescu, Adrian Silisteanu
Co-producers: Alexa Riveiro, Konstantina Stavrianou, Rena Vougioukalou
Production Design: Alexandra Alma Ungureanu
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Romania, France, Greece
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 80'
Contact: Totem Films

Andrei Tănase

Andrei Tănase (1982) graduated from the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest. He worked as a translator, tour guide, and writer-director for television shows before participating in Sarajevo’s 2010 Talent Campus, where he made short films. First Night (2016) premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Short Film. Selected for IFFR 2023, Tigru is his debut feature.


2013 Claudiu & the Fish (short)
2015 Summer Break (short)
2016 First Night (short)
2023 Day of the Tiger