Tag Archives: Romanian

Cristian Mungiu – Bacalaureat AKA Graduation (2016)

Though she’s won a scholarship and just needs to pass her final exams, the dreams of a small mountain town physician’s daughter could be jeopardized when she’s attacked. Read More »

Corneliu Porumboiu – Politist, adjective AKA Police, Adjective (2009)

A police officer refuses to arrest a young man for offering drugs to his friends. Read More »

Cristian Mungiu – Dupa dealuri AKA Beyond the Hills (2012)

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In an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania, Alina has just been reunited with Voichita after spending several years in Germany. The two young women have supported and loved each other since meeting as children in an orphanage.

Alina wants Voichita to leave and return with her to Germany, but Voichita has found refuge in faith and a family in the nuns and their priest, and refuses. Alina cannot understand her friend’s choice. In her attempt to win back Voichita’s affection, she challenges the priest. She is taken to hospital and the people of the monastery start to suspect that she is possessed. —Wild Bunch Read More »

Lucian Pintilie – De ce trag clopotele, Mitica? AKA Why Are the Bells Ringing, Mitica? (1981)

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Based on a theatrical text by Romanian writer Ion Luca Caragiale (1852-1912), who was a bitter and funny witness of the turn-of-the-20th-century Romanian bourgeois mores, Carnival Scenes manages to preserve and further enhance the slightly hysteric atmosphere of his plays. Pintilie creates a strange combination of carnival scenes which is brought to the screen as a burlesque, fast-paced, screwball comedy with a meditative undertone. This film was banned in Romania for a decade until the death of Ceausescu in 1989 and was only released after the 1989 revolution. Read More »

Lucian Pintilie – Niki Ardelean, colonel în rezerva AKA Niki and Flo (2003)

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A very black comedy (and virtually unknown in the U.S.), Niki and Flo is about ill-suited neighbors united by marriage. Angela and her husband have decided to leave Romania for a better life in the United States. Niki, Angela’s father, who is also a former colonel in the Romanian army, is torn between his wish to see his daughter happy and his desire to have her close by; meanwhile Flo, the father of Niki’s son-in-law and a domestic tyrant of sorts, slowly exerts his control over Niki. Courtesy of Filmex Romania. Based on a screen play by Cristi Puiu. Read More »

Malvina Ursianu – Gioconda fara surîs AKA The Monalisa Without a Smile (1968)

In this truly memorable film, the actuality perpetuates the souls of intellectuals always riddled with dilemmas. Nicolae Girardi could exercise his unparalleled portraiture talent entrusting the film with the faces of great actors Read More »

Alexander Nanau – Colectiv AKA Collective (2019)

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Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens. Read More »