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May 30, 2013


Mingling with the likes of Justin Timberlake and the Coen brothers was a dream come true for one budding filmmaker.

Dumitru Langham attended the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month, after his documentary entry about his journey from a Romanian orphanage to a new life in Coalville was chosen as part of the short film category.

The documentary, Wings Of A Swan, which is a highly-personal account of his life, mixes footage from the early 90s of the orphanage he was found in with interviews from his adoptive family.

It was made available for film producers and distributors to view at the prestigious event.

Dumitru, 24, who is studying a BSc (Hons) Digital Film Technology course at Brooksby Melton College, said: The atmosphere was amazing and seeing people such as Justin Timberlake and the Coen brothers floating around on the red carpet was a bit surreal. They were surrounded by paparazzi. It was really hectic, but great just to be there and take it all in.

Dumitru is planning to create a follow-up to his documentary but said the festival had driven his desire to branch out even further.

I'd like to create a fiction film and I've already started writing a script, he said.

INTEREST I feel so spurred on now - the festival gave me a taste of what it takes to make a successful film. I know that funding is essential, but I'm learning new things all the time.

Jon Holmes, course tutor for the digital film technology course at the college, accompanied Dumitru for the two-day trip to the festival. Dumitru also got to walk the red carpet for the premiere of Borgman by Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam, in which a wealthy family's carefully-constructed world gets turned upside down by an intruder.

He said: I wasn't sure if I would get in but we strutted up the red carpet and the next thing we knew, we were watching the film! Dumitru says he is already receiving interest from other film festivals across the world and hopes that Cannes marks the first of many.

Dumitru and his twin brother Ionuts were given to an orphanage by their mother after they were born with cleft palates, a defect which meant the sides of their lips and the roof of their mouths had not fused together.

They were discovered by Ruth Langham, from Leicestershire, when she made an emotional trip to his orphanage to see the conditions children were living in.

She eventually adopted them and, together with her family, raised Pounds 10,000 for a cleft palate specialist to operate on them as youngsters.

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