Romania

Iosif Demian – O lacrima de fata AKA A Girl’s Tears (1980) (HD)

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The discovery of a drowned young girl’s body makes the local authorities start an investigation.

The film tells the story of a suspicious death investigation at Sălcioara, a village near the Mureş Valley. The Major and his help, Panaitescu, accompanied by a film crew that wants to record the case, manage to understand the circumstances in which young Ana Draga, an agronomist engineer, was killed. As it turns out, it was not a love crime, as originally thought, but a consequence of old conflict between villagers. Read More »

Cristian Mungiu – 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile AKA 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (2007)

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Romania, 1987, the brutal Ceausescu communist regime is in place; birth control is illegal and abortion is a crime punishable by death. Gabita (Laura Vasliu) is almost five months into an unwanted pregnancy and in meek desperation turns to her friend and roommate, Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) for help in organizing an illegal termination. Unfortunate circumstances force the two women to use an unwanted male abortionist, Bebe (Vlad Ivanov). The bleakness of the storyline expresses a dark socio-political critique in the twilight years of a repressive dictatorship. Read More »

Peter Strickland – Katalin Varga (2009)

Katalin Varga is a 2009 directorial debut of Peter Strickland, he used the money from a bequest from his uncle to fund the project. Filmed over several years in a Hungarian-speaking part of the Romanian region of Transylvania, Strickland completed the project for £28,000. Read More »

Liviu Ciulei – Padurea spânzuratilor AKA Forest of the Hanged (1964) (HD)

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During the most brutal days of World War I, Apostol Bologa (the extraordinary Victor Rebengiuc), a Romanian serving as a lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian Army, is part of the Court Martial that punishes deserters and other problem soldiers. Gradually the horror of his routine builds up inside of him, forcing a choice between his military duty and greater feelings of humanity. Ciulei’s most ambitious and masterfully realized film, particularly striking in its impressionistic landscape photography, the Forest of the Hanged earned Ciulei the Best Director prize at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival and became the first Romanian feature to attract widespread international attention. It remains one of the cinema’s greatest studies of the dehumanizing effects of war. Screening introduced by critic Magda Mihailescu. Read More »

Radu Muntean – Alice T. (2018)

Alice, a buoyant and impertinent redhead teenager, is far from the charming little girl her mother adopted when she was unable to have a child of her own. Being an endless source of problems and affected by her mother’s disappointments, Alice forges lies and blurs the lines between the fiction she creates for herself and the reality of her existence. Until her mother discovers she is pregnant. Read More »

Radu Muntean – Boogie AKA Summer Holiday (2008)

A ‘generation film’ about 30-somethings in Romania who deal with totally different issues than those of their parents. The businessman Bogdan (alias Boogie) is on a holiday with his family at the Black Sea and bumps into two old friends with whom he hopes to re-live the good old days. Read More »

Radu Jude – Toata lumea din familia noastra AKA Everybody in Our Family (2012)

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Marius is a divorced man in his late thirties. His five year-old daughter Sofia lives with her mother, which causes Marius a deep frustration. On the day Marius arrives to take his daughter on their annual holiday, he is told that she is ill but he doesn’t believe it and insists to take her with him. The situation soon gets out of control with all the family taking part in a web of humor, violence, childish songs, police interventions and love statements. Read More »