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Films From Romania

“It's a movie that seems simple, yet its subtle and brilliant complexity is not to be denied.” - San Francisco Chronicle ... With its title referring to the exact time dictator Nicolae Ceausescu fled Romania's presidential palace on 22 December 1989, 12.08 East of Bucharest cleverly looks, with ... Read more
A multiple award-winner, including the highly prized Palme D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Set in the Soviet block during the final days of communism, this is a tale of friendship, love and gritty necessity. Otilia and Gabita are both students in Bucharest. Gabita is pregnant and, rather ... Read more
This is an engaging burlesque on the struggle for atomic power, and includes a number of penetrating and amusing side-swipes at the customs of the West. Set in an unidentified country, it tells of a group of gangsters who manage to steal a nuclear bomb from its heavily-guarded place of security ... Read more
This late 19th century tale is set in a Romanian village ruled by the ancient but impoverished aristocratic Comanesteanu family. The crops are bad, and when hungry peasants demand their rights, the lease-holders cheat them. ... The aristocrats are displaced by the former lease-holders, who now ... Read more
An animated history of communication, seen through the eyes and antics of an engaging little man. ... This film is screened out of competition. ... Read more
What happens when a man you invited to lunch cancels his visit when the table's set, the candles are lit and lunch is ready? A short story from everyday life in a beautifully compact form. ... Read more
“It's sometimes said that cinema's power lies in letting us see the world through other people's eyes, an idea taken to a literal extreme by Romanian writer/director Adrian Sitaru.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Best Intentions explores, through subjective point-of-view cinematography, the nature of ... Read more
“A brilliant, scary portrayal of irrationality and fear in Europe's dark heart.” - The Guardian ... When twenty-something Alina arrives in Moldavia to remove her childhood friend Voichita from an Orthodox monastery, she doesn't reckon on the unyielding force of religion and devout Voichita's ... Read more
"Drinking, smoking and whoring ain't what they used to be." - Variety ... Happily settled with his wife Smaranda (Anamaria Marinca of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) and their 4-year-old son, 30-something Bogdan takes them on a mini-holiday to a sleepy seaside resort. Things go off course however ... Read more
Promising young Romanian director Cristian Nemescu was killed in a car crash in late 2006, while his debut feature California Dreamin' was in post production. Three of Nemescu's lively shorts are collected here as a tribute to the director. ... C Block Story ... In C Block Story, a young man's ... Read more
"A complex dark comedy of near-Shakespearean proportions." - Variety ... During the Kosovo war, a train carrying radar equipment and a group of American soldiers gets stalled at a train station in a backward Romanian village when an overzealous stationmaster refuses to let them go on without the ... Read more
Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. ... When dissatisfied, well-to-do Cornelia finds out her 34-year-old son, Barbu, has struck and killed a young child in a car accident, she goes into maternal overdrive to keep him out of jail. ... Calin Peter Netzer's (Medal ... Read more
The paintings of the school children of Vulturesti have been exhibited in many parts of the world. They give an uninhibited and colourful account of their world in the little village. ... Read more
Promising young Romanian director Cristian Nemescu was killed in a car crash in late 2006, while his debut feature California Dreamin' was in post-production. Three of Nemescu's lively shorts are collected here as a tribute to the director.Marilena from P7 - On a rooftop in Bucharest, young Andrei ... Read more
On a peaceful, warm summer day, a barge was sailing on the Danube. The brown uniforms of the Fascist guards leave no doubt as to the ship's cargo - arms and ammunition. ... However, the guards are not alone on deck. A young woman and two men, obviously sailors, make up the crew. Anna is the wife of ... Read more
Winner of more than 20 awards, including the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival. ... Critically acclaimed, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu takes us through the final hours of a dying man's life as he is shipped from one hospital to the next, forgotten, ignored or unnoticed by the very ... Read more
"Every bit as odd and intriguing as its title, Every Day God Kisses Us on the Mouth is a dark parable about a butcher driven by conflicting urges to love and kill, who in his blackest hour is unexpectedly redeemed from on high. Displaying a distinctive, original voice, a boldly rough hewn narrative ... Read more
"A violent, funny and disconcerting vision of a familial argument turned into actual slugfest." – RogerEbert.com ... Divorced father Marius, a man packing more than literal baggage, plans to take his daughter Sofia camping. But when he picks the girl up from her mother's apartment ... Read more
A Rumanian folk tale with coloured cut-out figures indicative of the variegated patterns of peasant art. ... Read more
The love story of a youth, who inspired old mythological legend, succeeds in a statue. ... Read more
A reportage of the end-of-the-year celebrations at a kindergarten. ... Read more
In cartoon form and without any deference to science, pro-historic man is satirically shown progressing from rubbing flints to splitting the atom. ... Read more
Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful princess. Suitors travelled from near and far to seek her hand in marriage, but she would have none of them, for her heart was won by a shepherd. One night the devil came and locked her up in a deep dark cave where she languished for many days until her ... Read more
The Everyman hero of Ion Popescu Gopo's many cartoon films, is bent on solving some mathematical problems, but he is side-tracked by fantasies… ... Read more
“At once a road movie, a revenge narrative and a compassionate study of the drawn-out effects of trauma… a remarkable achievement.” - Edinburgh Film Festival ... In the Romanian Carpathian Mountains, a woman sets out to silence the demons of her past by avenging herself against the man ... Read more
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