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Transylvania (2006)

Zingarina, who is two-months pregnant, travels from France to Transylvania with her friend Marie to seek out her lover Milan Agustin that was deported from France. They hire the guide and ... See full summary »


Tony Gatlif


Tony Gatlif
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Asia Argento ... Zingarina
Amira Casar ... Marie
Birol Ünel ... Tchangalo
Alexandra Beaujard Alexandra Beaujard ... Luminitsa
Marco Castoldi ... Milan Agustin
Bea Palya Bea Palya ... La chanteuse du cabaret (as Beata Palya)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marina Boldizsac Marina Boldizsac ... La chanteuse ukrainenne
Rares Budileanu Rares Budileanu ... Le jeune musicien
Nicolae Cristache Nicolae Cristache ... Le passeur
Florin Estefan Florin Estefan ... Le chanteur d'opéra
Gabor Gabor ... Gabor, le paysan au traîneau
Simion Lupu Simion Lupu ... Le chanteur d'opéra
Cornel Reileanu Cornel Reileanu ... Le bedeau
Mariana Rus Mariana Rus ... Vandana
Anton Tauf Anton Tauf ... Le pope


Zingarina, who is two-months pregnant, travels from France to Transylvania with her friend Marie to seek out her lover Milan Agustin that was deported from France. They hire the guide and interpreter Luminitsa to help them to find the musician Milan. When she finds him, she is rejected and Milan tells that he was not deported, but left her. Zingarina has a breakdown and leaves Marie on the road, wandering with a street boy. Soon she meets the traveling trader Tchangalo and she joins him in a road travel without destiny. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Zingarina: What is it?
Tchangalo: Vodka!
Zingarina: Vodka!
Tchangalo: What is this?
Zingarina: What?
Tchangalo: This!
Zingarina: Protection.
Tchangalo: Protection? What make a girl like you come to Transylvania?
Zingarina: A man. A great man. Musician.
Tchangalo: Musician? They all times have nice pretty girls like you around them.
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Je t'ai cherche
Composed by Tony Gatlif and Delphine Mantoulet
Lyrics by Tony Gatlif
Performed by Bea Palya
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Asia Argento is Not a Vampire
7 March 2008 | by TheRuralJurorSee all my reviews

I saw Tony Gatliff's film Transylvania in Melbourne, and, despite the presence of horror princess Asia Argento, the film has absolutely nothing to do with vampires. Part travelogue and part exploration of two masochistic lost souls, this incredibly strange, surreal, lonely, music-filled journey is unlike anything I can recall seeing before. If nothing else, it proves that cinema is not dead: not every film is manufactured in pitch meetings and script workshops. This is clearly a film not overly designed to appeal to any audience at all-perhaps explaining its practically nonexistent release outside of film festivals and special retrospectives since its Cannes debut in 2006-and, for better or worse, this is no doubt the film Tony Gatliff wanted to make, directorial flourishes and all.

Asia Argento . . . she's getting there. Though not a great actress, she's earned her place in history already, I think, by sheer measure of her persona and willingness to go places few would have the balls to explore, say french kissing a dog. In terms of physicality, she's incredibly skilled in the ways she's able to use her body. She can brandish it violently, smashing herself up against a wall in a moment of ecstasy and deep sorrow, or twist it painfully and quietly into a crumpled ball of limbs and self-induced isolation. Hurling herself full force into a musical cyclone and smashing dishes with the flick of a hand, Argento is able to bring the character to life.

It is in her line readings, during scenes that call her to sell the character in words rather than physical manifestations, that Argento never quite manages to reach the point of believability required of her. Her voice often settles into an off-putting monotone that, in quieter moments, can undermine the inner complications and emotions meant to come through in what she is saying.

Aided by often remarkable shots of a countryside not normally used in film and a truly impressive collection of folk music, Transylvania is not easy an easy film to recommend nor is it easy to dismiss as yet another self-indulgent festival film created by a director trying to force more of his vision into 100 minutes than it can support. I am unsure if the film works on every level, I suspect that it does not, but the ways in which the film both indulges in its own artistry and refuses to go out of it way to cater to the personal tastes of anyone other than its own makers are strangely admirable. Even if you don't like Transylvania, it's nice to know a film like it can be made at all.

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Release Date:

4 October 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Transylwania See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »


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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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