“THE LADDER” is a film based on true events, that follows the spiritual journey of Andrei, a sensitive young man, socially awkward, that lost in the search of true happiness, decides to become an actor. After the fall of the communist party, blinded by the illusion of freedom and democracy, Andrei faces a series of brutal events that have deeply marked Romania’s recent history. Finding comfort in playing the part of Alioșa, in an adaptation of The Karamazov Brothers, he becomes closer and closer to his character, gradually discovering the way to understanding divinity.
Vlad Păunescu is one of the most important film producers in Romania, being the one who founded the production company Castel Film in 1992. Since then, over 120 Romanian and foreign films have been linked to Vlad Păunescu’s name: BORAT (directed by Larry Charles), COLD MOUNTAIN (directed by Anthony Minghela), HATFIELD AND MCCOY (directed by Kevin Reynolds) or TRAIN DE VIE (directed by Radu Mihăileanu). Vlad Păunescu was the cinematographer for 17 Romanian feature films awarded at International Film Festivals in Manila, Moscow, Berlin, Toronto, among which Dan Pița’s films ORIENTEERING and SAND CLIFFS. In 2015 he made his directorial debut with the feature film LIVE, starring Rodica Lazăr and Tudor Chirilă.