Tag Archives: Romanian

Cristian Mungiu – Occident AKA West (2002)

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Occident is a bittersweet comedy that focuses on the growing tendency of Eastern European youth to migrate west. When the amicable Luci (Alexandru Papadopol) and his beautiful lover Sorina (Anca Androne) are evicted from their apartment, Sorina decides they must visit her father’s grave and ask for a “sign”. Seconds later, Luci is hit in the head by a bottle and taken to the hospital by a Frenchman. Despite her love for Luci, Sorina believes a life with security takes precedence over romance, and moves in with the good samaritan. Read More »

Radu Jude – Film pentru prieteni AKA A Film for Friends (2011)

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Considering that his life is a failure, a man records himself leaving a video-message to his loved ones. After this message, which tackles, in funny and sad ways, a lot of issues, both personal and social, he shoots himself in the head. But he fails. And what follows is the a ridiculous and horrific agony, that probably changes the characters’ vision about life… A film done basically in one single shot. Read More »

Radu Jude – Cele Doua Executii Ale Maresalului AKA The Marshal’s Two Executions (2018)

The films confronts two different views of the execution of General Ion Antonescu, Romania’s leader during the Second World War. On one side is silent black-and-white footage of the execution as recorded in 1946 by cameraman Ovidiu Gologanl; on the other are scenes from a biographical film shot in 1994 by director Sergiu Nicolaescu. Read More »

Cristi Puiu – Aurora (2010)

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“There is no such thing as a murderer, only people who kill.” With these words director Cristi Puiu qualifies his careful study of contemporary Romanian society and of fatal acts such as murder. The film focuses on 42-year-old Viorel who is going through a gloomy period of life that leads him to the point of killing without it being clear whether or not it’s his divorce and his conflict with loved ones provoking him to open fire. The film attempts to demystify the act of murder, rendering it as something in no way spectacular, just as there is nothing remarkable about a person who commits murder. Read More »

Radu Jude – Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari AKA I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (2018) (HD)

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“I do not care if we go down in history as barbarians.” These words, spoken in the Council of Ministers of the summer of 1941, started the ethnic cleansing on the Eastern Front. Radu Jude’s resonant feature chronicles a young theatre director’s efforts to stage an accurate re-enactment of the Odessa Massacre in which Romanian soldiers slaughtered tens of thousands of Ukrainian Jews despite the municipal government’s attempts to censor her. Read More »

Ana Lungu – One and a Half Prince (2018)

Love and friendship. Love versus friendship. Which one is stronger, which one is deeper?

Three friends are living together. A single woman, a divorced father and a gay man share an apartment in Bucharest. When the woman falls in love with a Hungarian writer from Transylvania, her friends are jealous and call him a peasant. The writer is handsome, smart, he loves animals and rides a horse, so she sees him as a prince. The happy family could break up at any moment. Read More »

Corneliu Porumboiu – Fotbal Infinit AKA Infinite Football (2018)

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They talk about the beautiful game, but for Laurentiu Ginghina, it’s not enough. Football must be modified, streamlined, freed from restraints; corners are to be rounded off, players assigned to zones and subteams, norms revised. In retrospect, he first realized that the rules of football were wrong when he was tackled during a game in his youth, in the summer holidays, on another pitch now covered in snow, but in Vaslui, not Bucharest. The tackle hit so hard it fractured his fibula, a year later his tibia broke too, on New Year’s Eve 1987, he had to walk home in the snow and no one helped him. Read More »