New Release: Elevator DVD

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Cristi Petrescu and Julia Verdes sleep off the stress in the Romanian drama Elevator.

Vanguard released the 2008 Romanian independent movie drama Elevator, the first feature film directed by George Dorobantu, on DVD on July 26, 2011.

In the movie, a boy and a girl (first-timers Cristi Petrescu and Iulia Verdes), high school teenagers, want to get away from the world and be alone for an afternoon, so they hide in an abandoned factory on the outskirts of town. While there, they fall in a trap of their own intention and get stuck in a cargo elevator. There’s no one around to hear them and nobody knows where they are. Tension arises after each failed attempt to escape, as they must deal with the fact that their entire universe is now reduced to a metal box smaller than a room.

Presented in Romanian with English subtitles, Elevator is based on the 2005 play of the same name by Gabriel Pintilei, who adapted his own work for the screen. The film’s premise is reportedly inspired by a real story that took place in London in 2002.

A selection in a slew of international film festivals, including Auburn, Transylvania and Glasgow, Elevator distinguished itself as the winner of the Audience Award and Best First Film prize at the SEE Film Festival L.A. Its release on DVD by Vanguard marks its North American premiere.

No bonus features are on the DVD, which carries a list price of $19.95.

Take a look at the film’s trailer:


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