Radu Jude – Potemkinistii (2022)

In 1905, the sailors on the battleship Potemkin are given political asylum in Romania – an act of defiance against Russia. In 2021, a sculptor (Alexandru Dabija) wants to create an artwork inspired by the event. A comedy about art, history, memory and cinema, which film critic Andrei Gorzo describes as “a cross between a Caragiale sketch and a Mark Rappaport video essay”. Read More »

Lucian Pintilie – Balanta AKA The Oak (1992)

In 1988, Nela, a young schoolteacher, tries to carry out the will of her late father, an officer of the Securitate (Ceausescu’s secret police) who wants his body to be used for medical research. She decides to leave Bucharest to teach in a small provincial town, where she meets Mitica, a doctor at the hospital who is obsessed with saving the life of a Christlike patient whom the authorities wish to let die. They both share an odd sense of humor and see themselves as kindred spirits, but their relationship produces less than welcome results. The Oak is a vivid look at Romania before Ceausescu’s downfall. Read More »

Radu Jude – Cea mai fericitã fatã din lume AKA The Happiest Girl in the World (2009)

Delia, a young Romanian girl, comes to Bucharest with her parents to collect a prize she has won in a contest organized by a soft-drinks company. The prize is a beautiful new car. All Delia has to do now is appear in front of the camera in a commercial. All goes well until it becomes clear that Delia and her parents have very different ideas about what to do with the new car. Meanwhile, the contest’s sponsor needs a radiant prize-winner with a gleaming smile. A wicked satire and a psychological portrait of a society perverted by its slavery to capitalism and consumerism. Read More »

Adrian Cioflâncã & Radu Jude – Iesirea trenurilor din gara AKA The Exit of the Trains (2020)

This is a documentary essay composed entirely of archive photographs and documents of the first big massacre of the Jews in Romania: in the city of Iasi, on the 29th of June 1941, more than 10.000 Jews were killed – first by bullets, than by asphyxiation in freight trains. Read More »

Radu Jude – Tara moarta AKA The Dead Nation (2017)

A documentary-essay, Țara moartă shows a collection of photographs from a small Romanian town in the 1930s and 1940s. The soundtrack, composed mostly of excerpts taken from the diary of a Jewish doctor from the same era, depicts what the photographs do not: the rising of antisemitism and eventually the harrowing depiction of the Romanian persecution of the Jews, a subject rarely talked in contemporary Romania. Read More »

Radu Jude – Lampa cu caciula AKA The Tube with a Hat (2006)

A boy convinces his father to go into town and fix their TV. Read More »

Radu Jude – Tipografic majuscul AKA Uppercase Print (2020)

It is the story of Mugur Calinescu, a Romanian teenager who wrote graffiti messages of protest against the regime of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and was subsequently apprehended, interrogated, and ultimately crushed by the secret police. Read More »