Romanian thriller film stars Soliman Cruz in lead role as Filipino sailor

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Cinematographer George Chiper Lillemark (from left), Soliman Cruz, director Mihai Mincan, and co-actor Niko Becker. Photo from Sol Cruz FB.

The upcoming Romanian psychological thriller flick, To The North, will be starring Filipino actor Soliman Cruz in the lead role of a Filipino sailor.

Joining Cruz are fellow acclaimed Filipino actors Bart Guingona and Noel Sto. Domingo playing significant roles in the new film written and directed by Romanian director, Mihai Mincan.

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“To The North” is touted as one of Romania’s biggest co-production efforts with France, Greece, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic.

According to the synopsis provided by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the story centers on Joel (Cruz), a religious Filipino sailor who encounters a hidden stowaway, Dumitru, while working on a transatlantic ship. Joel, after seeing that Dumitru has a Bible with him, begins to play a dangerous game involving his crew, his faith in God, as well as an innocent man’s life.

Award-winning Filipino actors Cruz, Guingona, and Sto. Domingo are currently in Europe for the filming of “To the North” which is expected to complete post-production in early 2022.

FDCP Photo of Soliman Cruz, Bart Guingona, and Noel Sto. Domingo. Photo courtesy of Ferdy Lapuz

Cruz has three Best Supporting Actor trophies to his name from the Gawad Urian for “Himpapawid”, Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Luna Awards for “Iska”, and Golden Screen Awards for “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros”.

Among the accolades of Actor’s Actors, Inc. founder and veteran stage actor, producer, and director Guingona are the Philippine Legitimate Stage Artists Group, Inc. (Philstage) Gawad Buhay Awards for Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Play for “Red” and Best Director for “The Normal Heart.”

Sto. Domingo is a Gawad Urian nominee for Best Supporting Actor for “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon” by Lav Diaz.

All three Filipino actors have been directed by Diaz as Cruz was part of “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” while Guingona was in “Hesus, Rebolusyonaryo” and “Lahi, Hayop (Genus Pan)”.

The upcoming psychological thriller film “Nocebo” presented as the first co-production between Ireland and the Philippines stars award-winning Filipina actress Chai Fonacier.

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Margo is a voracious reader - some might even say she reads too much for her own good. She majored in BS Psychology and hopes to become a forensic psychologist one day. She’s also an aspiring writer, mental health advocate, and a staunch believer of equality.