A Romanian idea for an Oscar movie

Since primary school Romanian kids read, learn and study an old legend, a story that can be a good subject for a Hollywood horror movie.

It is about a builder in an impossible mission: Manole, a well known professional, promised the king to build the most beautiful and impressive monastery in a place where bad spirits lives. I would distribute Gerald Butler in his role.

The king is supposed to have been Neagoe Basarab (1512-1521) and the monastery he wanted is Curtea De Arges, located near Targoviste, Arges county.

The story is quite dramatic: everything that Manole and his team build during the day broke down in the night. It was exhausting, excruciating, frustrating and scary, for sure. In reality though, the works for this monastery were delayed for financial reasons, but this is not a good subject for a legend, isn’t it?

Back to our story: Manole had a dream, a scary one, of course, because the malefic spirits told him what to do if he really wants to finish his task. So he wakes up in the morning, scared but determined: he build the wall around his beloved wife, beautiful Ana. Literally. Don’t think she was ok with this: she cried, and cried but Manole had to turn blind and deaf to her pain.

Imagine Penelope Cruz in this role… She did a good job in “Volver”, so she will be great with this movie, let’s call it  “THE WALLS”.

Anyway, after that the monastery resisted to see another day and turned out pretty good. In fact it is beautiful, unique, with an exquisite architecture, rich and delicate, an impressive work of art. So the sacrifice was accepted, but the bad spirits asked for more. At the end Manole couldn’t find the ladder to come down and see what he has done, so he made himself some wooden wings and tried to fly around the church. Of course he didn’t succeed, but magic happened again: a spring with fresh water mark the spot where he has fallen, so in present time you can find the Fountain of Manole next to his beautiful monastery.

They say that sometimes, in specials days, you can hear Ana’s crying from the walls and if this does not scare you… wait for the movie. I’m sure it will be an Oscar success!

In the meantime you are welcome to visit the monastery. Here is just a glimpse of its beauty, captured by an young Romanian photographer, Laur Cimpoaca:

3 responses to “A Romanian idea for an Oscar movie

  1. Aurora March 31, 2011 at 04:13

    Beautiful story! I’d like to see it in a film indeed, or at least an illustrated book. I’d like to read more legends of sort, do you know any site where I could?

  2. Alina March 31, 2011 at 12:17

    I’m glad you like it 🙂 You might check this link: http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/rft/index.htm , and we will try to bring here, on All Romanian Are Vampires website as many Romanian legends as possible. Or, at least, the most interesting ones.

  3. Dragos September 24, 2012 at 00:56

    I learned about that legend because I’m romanian but I don’t remember any bad spirits to be in the story. Did you make that up (for the movie) or is just another variant of the legend?

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