GRADUATION by Cristian Mungiu
drama, Romania, 2016, 2h 8min, trailer
with Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rares Andrici, Vlad Ivanov, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici, screenplay Cristian Mungiu, cinematography Tudor Vladimir Panduru, producer Cristian Mungiu
“Romeo Aldea (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding – Eliza has won a scholarship to study psychology in the UK. She just has to pass her final exams – a formality for such a good student. On the day before her first written exam, Eliza is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardize her entire future. Now Romeo has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the situation, but none of them using the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter.” Written by 69th Cannes International Film Festival 2016
Best Director, Cristian Mungiu, Cannes Film Festival 2016
Silver Hugo, Best Actor, Adrian Titieni, Chicago International Film Festival 2016
Best Screenplay, Cristian Mungiu, Chicago International Film Festival 2016
DOGS by Bogdan Mirica
drama, thriller, Romania, Franch, Bulgaria, Quatar, 2016, 1h 44min, trailer
with Dragos Bucur, Gheorghe Visu, Vlad Ivanov, Costel Cascaval, Constantin Cojocaru, Emilian Oprea, Raluca Aprodu, writer Bogdan Mirica, cinematography Andrei Butica, producers Marcela Ursu & Elie Meirovitz
Roman, a young man from Bucharest, comes to the countryside near the border with Ukraine with the firm intention to sell the vast but desolate land he inherited from his grandfather. He is warned by old man Hogas, the local cop, that his grandfather was a local crime lord and his “boys”, led by the charismatic and cruel Samir, will not let go of the land – and their smuggling business – without a fight. Roman doesn’t give up and the three men clash in a triangle of violence.
Critics Award, (Best Foreign First Film) French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, 2017
FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard), Cannes Film Festival, 2016
Best Actor (Gheoghe Visu) and Special Jury Mention (Bogdan Mirica), Sarajevo Film Festival 2016
AFERIM! by Radu Jude
drama, Romania, 2015, 1h 48min, trailer
with Teodor Corban, Mihai Comanoiu, Toma Cuzin, Luminita Gheorghiu, Victor Rebengiuc, Alexandru Dabija, writers Radu Jude & Florin Lazarescu, cinematograpy Marius Panduru, producer Ada Solomon
Set in early 19th century Wallachia, when a local policeman, Costandin, is hired by Iordache, a boyar (local noble), to find Carfin, a Gypsy slave who had run away from the boyar’s estate after having an affair with his wife, Sultana. Costandin sets out to find the fugitive, beginning a journey full of adventures. Gypsy slavery lasted from the 14th century up until the middle of the 19th century, a situation which is very little known and almost nonexistent in the public debate today, although its impact continues to influence Romania’s social life.
Silver Berlin Bear, Best Director (Radu Jude), Berlin International Film Festival, 2015
Tiantian Award, Best Cinematography (Marius Panduru), Beijing International Film Festival, 2016
DOUBLE by Catrinel Danaiata
drama, Romania, 2016, 1h 40min, trailer
with Bogdan Dumitrache, Maria Dinulescu, Dorian Boguta, Radu Banzaru, Madalina Craiu, writers Catrinel Danaiata & Alexandra Axinte, cinematography Patru Paunescu, producer Gabi Antal
George is a young architect, very close to becoming truly successful. Under tight deadlines, trapped in a failing relationship and burdened by his mother’s illness, he begins to isolate himself, until he becomes a prisoner of his own existence.
TWO LOTTERY TICKETS by Paul Negoescu
Comedy, Romania, 2016, 1h 26min, trailer
with: Alexandru Papadopol, Dorian Boguta, Dragos Bucur, Writer Paul Negoescu, screenplay based on a short story by Ion Luca Caragiale , cinematography Ana Draghici, producers Alexandru Papadopol, Dorian Boguta, Dragos Bucur
“Two Lottery Tickets stars three noted Romanian actors, including New Wave mainstay Dragos Bucur (the lead of films such as Police, Adjective and Dogs), as a trio of down-on-their-luck pals who lose their winning lottery ticket, which sends them on an epic search to retrieve it. But the acting threesome, completed by Dorian Boguta and Alexandru Papadopol, doesn’t just star but also commissioned and produced the feature through their acting school, with their students filling out the large roster of supporting roles… And though the pic is a comedy, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a slightly more serious undertow to the material, which explores issues such as corruption, poverty, chance and happiness.” The Hollywood Reporter.
Best Comedy Feature, 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Jury Prize, Best Film, 2017 Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival
THE FIXER by Adrian Sitaru
drama, Romania, France, 2017, 1h 40min, trailer
with Tudor Istodor, Mehdi Nebbou, Nicolas Wanczycki, Adrian Titieni, Diana Spatarescu, Anca Hanu, writers Adrian Silisteanu & Claudia Silisteanu, cinematography Adrian Silisteanu, producers Adrian Silisteanu & Anamaria Antoci
The film is inspired by true events and centers on a young journalist, who goes to Transylvania together with a French TV crew led by a top reporter, to deal with a case of a young prostitute repatriated from France.
“Exploring rich moral ground, Sitaru seamlessly connects themes of fatherhood, journalism ethics, and the class politics of contemporary Europe. Sitaru never preaches to his audience, instead inviting us, along with his characters, to make our own conclusions.” Kerri Craddock, 2016 TIFF
THE FOREST by Sinisa Dragin
documentary, Romania, Serbia, 2014, 1h 12min, trailer
writer Sinisa Dragin
In 1947, Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito visited, for the first time, Romania. Its communist regime gave him, as present, a painting from a great Romanian artist Ion Andreescu: ‘The Leafless Forest’. In the ’60s, a young art critic, Radu Bogdan, decided to elaborate a monograph dedicated to the great painter, including reproduction of the painting given to Tito. After countless problems, he obtained the permission to photograph the painting. The moment they took the painting off the wall, they found – a microphone.
THE NETWORK by Claudiu Mitcu
documentary, Romania, 2015, 1h 2min, trailer
writer Claudiu Mitcu
The Network follows an underground benevolent network of people who are buying chemotherapy drugs abroad and transporting them to Romanian patients, since in Romania chemotherapy drugs are not available. The network consist of more than 250 people who completed approximately 300 transports so far. The cost of traded drugs totals around 60,000 EUR annually. ” We shot 60-70 hours, more specifically 10 transports from which I chose some characters. The most difficult was to convince members of the network to be in the film… I wasn’t interested in doing the stereotypes with patients laying in bed in hospitals; what I wanted was to show that a system is not functioning as it should.” Mitcu told in an interview for Film New Europe.
RAISA by Pavel Cuzuioc
short film, drama, Modova, 2016, 15min, trailer
with Cristina Flutur, Maria Sagaida, writer, editor Pavel Cuzuioc, cinematography Michael Schindegger
On a cold winter’s day, a young woman travels from the countryside to an address in the city, that she’s never been to before. There, she hopes to get something that may affect her future. A long bus journey takes her to the city, and to a stranger’s house. It is a fateful journey into the unknown. An older woman opens the door. No appointment? You could have at least called. No need to pay, they’re for free. But Raisa is put on a waiting list. A meticulously rendered, deeply insightful portrayal of a crucial moment in the life of a survivor.