Cristian Nemescu – Poveste la scara ‘C’ aka C Block Story (2003)

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Another romanian short student film on 35mm. Won several international prizes.

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A lovely piece of film-making from Romania!, 18 March 2004
Author: michaelwalters56 from New York, U.S.A.

I saw this film at the NYU International Film Festival in New York and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! The story focuses on the lack of communication between a working-class family that live on C block and combines gritty drama with terrific unclichéd comedy. The story is so clever and entertaining and by the end it resolves itself with such charm. It is full of subtle messages about life, family, communication and relationships. Great acting from the three main actors and a wonderful sense of pacing from the director. This really is a lovely piece of film-making from Romania and well deserving of it’s award at the festival. Continue reading

Cãtãlin Mitulescu – Dincolo de calea feratã AKA By The Rails (2016)

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Radu has come back from Italy after an year and finds his wife totally changed. They spend the night trying to rediscover their selves. The distance has created distrust and confusion between them but Radu hopes for a new beginning. Music resounds beyond the railroad. The night was never that long. Continue reading

Catalin Mitulescu – Bucuresti-Wien, 8-15 (2000)

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Film Festivals: Torino Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, CineFestival, KataWeb Cinema Festival…

Synopsis: Five o’ clock in the morning. Niki gathers everything valuable in his house. His wife and child are sleeping. He is leaving for Germany. He has bought a passport and will work illegaly. He is going with Cretu, his childhood friend. Leaving together will make things easier for them. But the voyage proves to be more difficult than they were expecting. Continue reading

Catalin Mitulescu – 17 minute intarziere (1999)

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Romanian student film, shot on 35mm. Now the guy is 33 years old and already can be proud of his PALME D’OR

Romanian filmmaker Catalin Mitulescu spent numerous years working in Austria, Hungary, Poland and Italy. In 2001, he graduated from the Film Directing Department at the University of Film and Theatre in Bucharest. His student films BucarestiWien: 8:15 and 17 minute intarziere were selected at the Cannes Film Festival-Cinefondation in 2001 and 2002 and were distributed theatrically in Romania. They received numerous awards both in Romania and on the international circuit. His short film Trafic was awarded the Palme dOr at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. Continue reading

Lucian Pintilie – Un été inoubliable AKA An Unforgettable Summer (1994)

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In 1925 Romania, young Marie-Therese Von Debretsy refuses the flirtatious advances of her husband’s commanding officer. As a result, the cosmopolitan family is reassigned to a brutally bleak and dangerous outpost on the Bulgarian/Romanian frontier whereboth their relationship and humanity are severely tested. Continue reading

Lucian Pintilie – Tertium non datur (2006)

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It is the end of the Romanian war against the Soviet Union (but not the end of the WWII), as Germany and Romania are allies, but in a few weeks they will be enemies. Two German officers stop for a lunch with a group of Romanian officers and as the story develops, a pair of rare postage stamps are acquired in very different occasions, which underlines the differences between the group of officers. This deceptively simply short film has many complex ramifications about history, honor, about how material value translates in life and survival. Director Pintilie works beautifully with his actors, especially Victor Rebengiuc (a preferred actor of Pintilie) and his use of visual space in a small room is both inspired and effective. Continue reading

Cristi Puiu – Sieranevada (2016)

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Three days after the terrorist attack on the offices of Parisian weekly Charlie Hebdo and forty days after the death of his father, Lary, a doctor in his forties is about to spend the Saturday at a family gathering to commemorate the deceased. But the occasion does not go according to expectations. Forced to confront his fears and his past, to rethink the place he holds within the family, Lary finds himself constraint to tell his version of the truth. Continue reading