Hooked
Adrian Sitaru
2008

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Hooked

„Hooked” the feature of the well known film director Adrian Sitaru, was received as a paradigm challenger in the Romanian cinema, a movie that turns away from the New Wave’s neo realism (as represented in a movie such as „Stuff and Dough” by Cristi Puiu) only to embrace a fantastic register that opens subtle and multilayered possibilities of interpretation. The characters also have complex personalities that show their features as they are alternatively lit in accordance to the play of the real-fantastic registers. A film that, by the courageous cinematography too, has a lot to offer.

Director: Adrian Sitaru
Scriptwriter: Adrian Sitaru (based on an idea of Radu Jude)
Cinematography by: Adrian Silișteanu
Produced by: Juliette Lepoutre, Marie-Pierre Macia, Adrian Sitaru, Ada Solomon (associate producer)
Cast: Adrian Titieni, Ioana Flora, Maria Dinulescu, Alexandru Georgescu, Sorin Vasilescu, Nicodim Ungureanu
Year: 2008
Genre: comedy, drama
Duration: 80 minutes

Synopsis

A Sunday picnic seemed like the best way for Mihai and Sweetie to spend some quality time together and take their relationship to a new level. But a series of odd and unexpected events soon turn this idyllic weekend getaway into a very, very strange day.

Read more at: www.aarc.ro

Festivals

Venice International Film Festival, Venice Days section – Italy, 2008
Toronto International Film Festival – Canada, 2008
BFI London International Film Festival ¬– Great Britain, 2008

Awards

Nominations:

Grand Prix, Bratislava International Film Festival – Slovakia, 2008
Bronze Horse (Adrian Sitaru), Stockholm International Film Festival – Sweden, 2008
Golden Alexander (Adrian Sitaru), Thessaloniki Film Festival – Greece, 2008
Best Film (Adrian Sitaru), Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema – Argentina, 2009

Winner:

Jury Prize, Estoril International Film Festival – Portugal, 2008
Best Actress (Ioana Flora & Maria Dinulescu), Thessaloniki Film Festival – Greece, 2008
Silver Alexander, Special Jury Award (Adrian Sitaru), Thessaloniki Film Festival – Greece, 2008
Best Script (Adrian Sitaru), Mons International Festival of Love Films – Belgium, 2009
Best Actress (Maria Dinulescu), Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema – Argentina, 2009
Grand Prize (Adrian Sitaru), Ourense Independent Film Festival – Spania, 2009
New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize (Adrian Sitaru), Palm Springs International Film Festival – U.S.A., 2009
„Opera Prima” Award, UCIN – Romania, 2009

Media articles

The Death of Mr. Ceaușescu, The European Union festival showcases Romania's new wave . . . and next wave, www.chicagoreader.com
TIFF Report #Hooked, www.dailyfilmdose.com

The Unsaved
Igor Cobileanski
2013

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The Unsaved

Igor Cobileanski’s first feature film, „The Unsaved”, written in collaboration with a Romanian successful director, Corneliu Porumboiu, had a significant number of participations in festivals and received the FIPRESCI Award at Cottbus International Film Festival, Germany, 2013.

Director: Igor Colbileanski
Scriptwriter: Igor Cobileanski, Corneliu Porumboiu
Image: Oleg Mutu
Cast: Igor Babiac, Sergiu Voloc, Ela Ionescu, Igor Caras-Romanov, Angela Ciobanu
Year: 2013
Genre: feature fiction
Duration: 82 minutes

Synopsis

A bittersweet drama about Viorel, a small-time drug dealer living in a little town from forgotten Moldova. His best friend drags him in his insane dream of flying, his mother urges him to start make a living and the woman he loves is about to leave with her lover who is about to be released from custody by a corrupted cop. Viorel decides to straighten his life up, he gets a decent job and tries to save the girl from the destructive relationship she’s having, but soon, he realizes that doing the right thing turns into a relative matter.

Read more at: aarc.ro

Festivals

Warsaw International Film Festival, The World Today non-competitive section – Poland, 2013
Molodist International Film Festival, Films Across Borders non-competitive section, Kiev – Ukraine, 2013
Tbilisi International Film Festival, Films Across Borders non-competitive section – Georgia, 2013
Transylvania International Film Festival, Romanian Days competition – Romania, 2014
Crossing Europe, Linz Film Festival 2014, International competition – Austria, 2014 European Film Festival, official competition – Romania, 2014
Brussels Film Festival official competition – Belgium, 2014

Awards

Nomination: East of West Award (Igor Cobileanski), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Czech Republic, 2013

Winner:

FIPRESCI Award, Cottbus International Film Festival – Germany, 2013
Best Cinematography (feature) (Oleg Mutu), Best First Feature Film (Igor Cobileanski), Gopo Awards – Romania, 2014
Best First Feature Film, South East European Film Festival – USA, 2014

Media articles
Transylvania Mon Amour: Sheila Seacroft reports from Cluj, Romania (1/2) -  www.jigsawlounge.co.uk

Self-portrait of a
dutiful daughter
Ana Lungu
2015

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Self-portrait of a dutiful daughter

A Romanian outstanding feature film accompaning the debut of the director Ana Lungu, a strong
feminine debut compared to the new wave accomplishments, „Self-portrait of a dutiful daughter”
is the winner of the Best Film Award at Bucharest International Film Festival, 2015.

Director: Ana Lungu
Writer: Ana Lungu
Image: Silviu Stavilă
Cast: Elena Popa, Emilian Oprea, Andrei Enache, Iris Spiridon
Year: 2015
Category: feature film
Duration: 81 min.

Synopsis

Cristiana is a 30-year-old woman, brought up in a "proper" family. Her time is split between writing for her PhD thesis, conversations with best friends Alex and Michelle, and occasional, but eagerly awaited rendezvous with Dan, a married man with whom she is romantically involved. After her parents move out of the family apartment, Cristiana decides to buy a dog.

Read more at: www.aarc.ro

Festivals

Rotterdam, 2015

Awards

Nomination: Best film (Ana Lungu), Bucharest International Film Festival –  România 2015
Nomination: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Elena Popa), Gopo Awards – Romania, 2016
Nomination: Best Feature Film, Transilvania International Film Festival – Romania, 2015
Best Film (Ana Lungu) and Audience Award, Bucharest International Film Festival – Romania, 2015
Best Film, Crossing Europe, 2015

Media Articles

www.popoptiq.com
www.filmexplorer.ch
www.blogdecinema.ro

The happiest girl in the world
Radu Jude
2008

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The happiest girl in the world

“The happiest girl in the world” is the debut in feature film of Radu Jude, the director who was to become one of the most well-known and appreciated Romanian directors, in the country as well as internationally. Inspired from a real story, originating in the first years of the director’s career, the plot was turned into a feature film that achieved international recognition. Starring some of the most endeared Romanian actors (Vasile Muraru, Șerban Pavlu), the movie also benefits from the exceptional acting of Andreea Boșneag, a teenager at her first experience on the set.

Director: Radu Jude
Scriptwriters: Radu Jude, Augustina Stanciu
Image: Marius Panduru
Producers: Ada Solomon, Stienette Bosklopper
Cast: Andreea Boșneag, Vasile Muraru, Violeta Haret Popa, Șerban Pavlu, Andi Vasluianu, Doru Cătănescu
Year: 2008
Category: Drama
Duration: 99 min.

Plot Summary

Delia Fratila (18) comes from a poor family living in a small Romanian town. She is the winner of an advertising campaign: she sent three juice-bottles labels and won an expensive car.

Delia and her parents, has to come to Bucharest for the promotion testimonial – a video showing Delia to the whole country, as a proof that the refreshments company keeps its promises and grants the awards. After the long way to Bucharest, the family finally arrives to the shooting place - a big square in the middle of the city.

She spends the day doing the shooting. What she has to do seems quite easy: she has to sit in the car in front of the wheel, to drink juice and thank the organizing company. The shooting goes on with the ordinary problems: Delia keeps forgetting the text, the soda doesn’t look good enough-for the client, they have to refresh her make-up all the time, the shooting angle needs to be changed, some spotlights break etc.

During the shooting breaks, Delia has long talks with her parents - that eventually turn into ugly arguments. The discussion is about what they should do with the car: Delia wants to keep it for herself, while her parents would like to sell it and escape in this way from poverty.

The argument becomes more tensed, while the shooting becomes more stupid and absurd. What seemed to be at the beginning a lucky event becomes for Delia an extreme and emotionally painful situation, in which she has to rethink and question her family relationship.

Read more at www.aarc.ro

Awards

Nominations - Gopo Awards – Romania, 2010

Best director (Radu Jude),
Best feature (Radu Jude),
Best script (Augustina Stanciu, Radu Jude),
Best actress in a leading role (Andreea Boșneag),
Best actor in a supporting role (Vasile Muraru),
Best Editing (Cătălin F. Cristuțiu),
Best Sound (Constantin Fleancu),
Best costume design (Augustina Stanciu, Radu Jude),
Best hair and make-up (feature) (Dana Roșeanu),

Nomination: Competition 1-2 Award,  Warsaw International  Film Festival – Poland, 2009  C.I.C.A.E Award, (Forum section), Berlin International Film Festival – Germany, 2009
Nomaniation: Woosuk Award, Jeonju International Film Festival –  South Korea, 2009

FIPRESCI Award, LisBoa International Independent Film Festival, Lisbon – Portugal, 2009
FIPRESCI Award, Sofia International Film Festival – Bulgaria, 2009
Special mention (Andreea Boșneag), “goEast” Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, Wiesbaden – Germany, 2009
Golden Tower Award, Palic European Film Festival – Serbia, 2009
Best script (Augustina Stanciu, Radu Jude), B-EST International Film Festival, Bucharest – Romania, 2009
Young Hope Award (Andreea Boșneag), Gopo Awards – Romania, 2010

Media Articles

The happiest girl in the world, www.independent.co.uk
New conditions for love in capitalist Romania, eefb.org - www.eefb.org/
Review – The happiest girl in the world, www.philonfilm.net  - www.philonfilm.net
The happiest girl in the world, www.slantmagazine.com

Of snails and men
Tudor Giurgiu
2012

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Of snails and men

A Romanian movie that brings on the screen the story of a group of workers employed by a now bankrupt factory, in early ’90s Romania. Everything changes when one of the guys finds an unusual solution to save his co-workers from unemployment and the factory from bankruptcy. The audiences of the director Tudor Giurgiu’s second feature second feature film, after his Love Sick debut (2006), will enjoy the performances of well-known Romanian actors such as: Andi Vasluianu, Dorel Vișan, Monica Bîrlădeanu, but also the famous French actor Jean François Stévenin and his son, Robinson Stévenin.

Director: Tudor Giurgiu
Writer: Ionuț Teianu
Image: Vivi Drăgan Vasile
Producers: Oana Giurgiu, Tudor Giurgiu, Patrick Sobleman
Cast: Andi Vasluianu, Monica Bîrlădeanu, Dorel Vișan, Andreea Bibiri, Jean François Stévenin, Robinson Stévenin, Ion Besoiu, Valeria Seciu, Clara Vodă, Ovidiu Crișan, Ion Grosu
Year: 2012
Category: comedy
Duration: 90 minutes
Not available in: Australia, Danemarca, Franța, Germania, Olanda, Spania, Anglia and Arabia Saudită.

Plot Summary
1992, Câmpulung Muscel. The state-owned car factory just went bankrupt and will be privatized in a week. The buyer is a French company planning to convert the plant into a snail cannery. Only 300 of the 3000 workers will keep their jobs. George Petrescu, the union leader – late thirties, married, one child – lives on monthly wage of 100 dollars, like everyone else in town. He is a sort of charming provincial Don Juan. Late one night, unable to sleep, he sees an advertisement on TV for a sperm bank in Bucharest paying 50 dollars for each donation. This gives him an idea to save the plant and his fellows’ jobs. If 1000 of the young workers sold their sperm for a week, they could raise enough money to buy the plant and the license for a new engine. They could restart production, be back in business and everyone would have a job.

Read more at www.aarc.ro

Festivals

FebioFest, Prague International Film Festival – Czech Republic, 2013
Sofia International Film Festival – Bulgaria, 2013
“goEast”, Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, Wiesbaden – Germany, 2013
Trophées Francophones du Cinema, Paris – France, 2013
Edinburgh International Film Festival – U.K., 2013
LET'S CEE Film Festival, Viena – Austria, 2013
Napoli Film Festival – Italy, 2013

Awards

Best Feature, Valladolid International Film Festival, Valladolid – Spain, 2012
Special Jury Award, Warsaw Film Festival – Poland, 2012
Best Feature, Chicago International Film Festival – U.S.A., 2012

Media Articles

Cu seriozitate despre comedie, www.aarc.ro
După melci, Angelo Mitchievici, www.aarc.ro
Despre filmări și prieteni, www.aarc.ro
Amar - Despre oameni şi melci, www.agendaliternet.ro
Despre oameni, melci şi cinefili fericiţi - Despre oameni şi melci, www.agendaliternet.ro
Umiliţi şi obidiţi - Despre oameni şi melci, www.agendaliternet.ro
„Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema” Brings some of the best of contemporary and classic Romanian Films to NYC, www.screenanarchy.com

A Romanian Full Monty about national identity, Michael Jackson, and blue collar sperm, www.flixist.com

Child’s Pose
Călin Peter Netzer
2013

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Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose is the Romanian movie that won the Golden Bear and the FIPRESCI at the Berlin International Movie Festival, 2013. Starring Luminița Gheorghiu, the nominee and winner of a number of important prizes for acting, the movie tells the story, tough and yet tender, about the limitless love of a mother for her only son. The male leading actor is Bogdan Dumitrache who’s acting perfectly rounds Luminița Gheorghiu’s , but the European public and film critics can enjoy other (already familiar) remarkable actors such as: Vlad Ivanov, Adrian Titieni, Natașa Raab, Florin Zamfirescu, Ilinca Goia.

Director: Călin Peter Netzer
Writers: Răzvan Rădulescu, Călin Peter Netzer
Image: Andrei Butică
Producers: Călin Peter Netzer, Ada Solomon
Cast: Luminița Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Florin Zamfirescu, Ilinca Goia, Natașa Raab, Adrian Titieni, Vlad Ivanov, Mimi Brănescu
Year: 2013
Category: Drama
Duration: 112 minutes
Subtitle: english
Available only on Romania and Republic of Moldova territory

Plot Summary:

Cornelia is 60 years old and is deeply unhappy: her son, Barbu, aged 34, is fighting desperately to win his autonomy. He moved out of his parents’ house, drives his own car, has a girlfriend who, obviously, doesn’t live up to his mother’s expectations, and – which is most troubling – he avoids his mother as much as he can. When Cornelia finds out that Barbu was involved in a tragic car crash, her maternal instincts take over.

She uses all her capacities, all her influent friend as well as money to keep her son away from jail.  Instead, she expects her son to become the child from the past, all dependent on her, which is not even very hard to accomplish due to the state of shock her son is in. But the line between motherly love and manipulation is very thin. Will she find the strenght to set her son free from the child’s pose? Dar granița dintre dragostea maternă și manipulare în folosul propriu este foarte subțire. Va fi ea capabilă să-l elibereze din poziția copilului?

Read more on aarc.ro

Awards

  • Golden Berlin Bear and FIPRESCI prize at Berlin International Film Festival –  Germany, 2013
  • Bayard D’Or for the best movie and the best actress (Luminița Gheorghiu), Namur International Film Festival –  Belgium, 2013
  • Telia Film Award for the best movie not yet released in Sweden, Stockholm International Film Festival – Sweden, 2013
  • Best picture not released in 2013, International Cinephile Society Awards
  • Halfway Award, 3rd place, for the best original screenplay (Razvan Radulescu, Calin Peter Netzer) and best actress, 2nd place (Luminița Gheorghiu) , International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) – 2014
  • Best director (Călin Peter Netzer), Best screenplay (Răzvan Radulescu, Călin Peter Netzer ), Best editing (Dana Bunescu), Best sound (Cristian Tarnovetchi, Dana Bunescu, Cristinel Șirli), Best costume design (Irina Marinescu), Best feature film (producers – Călin Peter Netzer, Ada Solomon),
  • Best actor in a supporting role(Vlad Ivanov), Best actress in a supporting role (Ilinca Goia), Premiile Gopo – Romania, 2014
  • Nomination for the best movie (director – Călin Peter Netzer),  Sydney Film Festival – Australia, 2013
  • Nomination for European Actress (Luminița Gheorghiu) at the European Film Academy – 2014

Media articles

A Bear for Romania - Child's Pose, agenda.liternet.ro

In the Mood for Bear - Berlin, 2013, agenda.liternet.ro

Filmul "Poziţia copilului", "o poveste oedipiană coruptă", www.rfi.ro

Calin peter Netzer’s challengin and intelligent family dramaexplores the dark side of bureaucracy and corruption, www.theguardian.com

‘Child’s Pose’ movie review: Romanian thriller is compelling, complex and confounding,  www.washingtonpost.com

A frustrated woman on the verge of more of the same, www.nytimes.com

Child’s Pose: Berlin review, www.hollywoodreporter.com

Outbound
Bogdan George Apetri
2010

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Outbound

Based on a short story written by Cristian Mungiu and Ioana Uricaru, the  script for the feature film Outbound is authored by Tudor Voican and Bogdan George Apetri. ”Bogdan George Apetri, helped by his co-writer Tudor Voican, foresees a catastrophic future for human nature in Romania” (Iulia Blaga, hotnews.ro).

Winner of Boccalino trophy – Swiss critics award for best actress (Ana Ularu) at Locarno International Film Festival, Outbound is a Romanian film that was shown at important film festivals all over the world.

Director: Bogdan George Apetri
Writer: Bogdan George Apetri, Tudor Voican (after a story by Ioana Uricaru and Cristian Mungiu)
Imagine: Marius Panduru
Producer: Alexandru Teodorescu
Cast: Ana Ularu, Andi Vasluianu, Ioana Flora, Mimi Brănescu, Timotei Duma
Year: 2010
Category: feature film
Duration: 87 minutes
Subtitles: English

Synopsis

After two years in prison, Matilda is granted a 24-hour temporary release. Not willing to return, she plans to escape, flee the country and start afresh. But before the day is over, Matilda must reconnect with her troubled past – the family who rejected her, her estranged ex-lover and, most of all, the kid she left behind. The struggle for a new life reminds her that freedom is just one choice away.

Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival – Canada, 2011
Rotterdam International Film Festival – Holland, 2011
Premier Plans Angers International Film Festival – France, 2011
Mar del Plata International Film Festival – Argentina, 2011
Hong Kong International Film Festival – China, 2011
Cairo International Film Festival – Egypt, 2011
Cottbus International Film Festival – Germany, 2011
Namur Francophone International Film Festival – Belgium, 2011
Mostra de Valencia International Film Festival – Spain, 2011
Moscow International Film Festival – Russia, 2011
Central European International Film Festival – Luxembourg, 2011
Diagonale Graz Festival of Austrian Films – Austria, 2011
Prague Febiofest International Film Festival – Czech Republic, 2011
London East End Film Festival – Great Britain, 2011
Copenhagen International Film Festival – Denmark, 2011

Awards

Swiss Critics Boccalino Award for Best Actress (Ana Ularu), Locarno International Film Festival – Switzerland, 2010
Special Jury Award, Special Mention (Ecumenical Jury Award), FIPRESCI Prize, Special Mention (Ana Ularu) – Warsaw International Film Festival – Poland, 2010
Golden Alexander Award for Best Film, Best Actress (Ana Ularu), Hellenic Association of Film Critics Award, Thessaloniki Film Festival – Greece, 2010
FIPRESCI Prize, Viennale – Austria, 2010
Best Debut in Romanian Film, Romanian Film Days, Transilvania International Film Festival – Romania, 2011
Best Film, Vilnius International Film Festival – Lithuania, 2011
Best Director (Bogdan George Apetri), Best Actress (Ana Ularu), CINEMA CITY Film and Media Festival – Serbia, 2011
Special Mention, Taipei Film Festival – Taiwan, 2011
Best First Feature Film (Bogdan George Apetri), Best Actress in A Supporting Role (Ioana Flora), Best Editing (Eugen Kelemen), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ana Ularu), Best Cinematography (Marius Panduru), Gopo Awards – Romania, 2012

Reviews

Outbound -- Film Review – www.hollywoodreporter.com
Interview Ana Ularu – www.cineuropa.org
Periferic (Outbound) by Bogdan George Apetri , an interview - www.filmfestivals.com
To Cut the Long Story Short: Bogdan George Apetri, Outbound – www. artactmagazine.ro

The Phantom Father
Lucian Georgescu
2011

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Director: Lucian Georgescu
Scriptwriter: Lucian Georgescu, after a story by Barry Gifford
Cast: Marcel Iureș, Mihaela Sîrbu, Mihai Constantin, Valer Dellakeza, Mimi Brănescu. Barry Gifford, Mariana Mihuț, Victor Rebengiuc, Nicodim Ungureanu
Year: 2011
Category: drama
Duration: 90 minutes
Subtitles: English
Available only in Romania

 

Synopsis
“The stranger than paradise” Robert “dreamer” Traum meets in front “Cinema Paradiso” with Sami-the-projectionist after an adventurous, mysterious and funny journey, to finally find love.
Unique, yet symbolic, this is the story of an American professor of Jewish descent who is compelled to turn his back on a successful career and get on the road that takes him through danger, the unknown and the surreal, back to the roots to reclaim his identity. The quest takes the hero, masterfully portrayed by Peter Greenaway and Francis Ford Coppola actor Marcel Iures, back to the Old World that rewards our traveler with a double love story. On the one hand he finds romantic love, on the other the passion for old cinema, nomad, popular, naïve and generous.
An out-f-the-box road-movie The Phantom Father uses as a starting point the short story “Almost Oriental” by writer Barry Gifford (“Wild at Heart”, “Lost Highway”, “Perdita Durango”) who also has a cameo in the film.

Festivals
Transilvania International Film Festival, RoDays – Romania, 2011
Montreal World Film Festival, competition – Canada, 2011
Romanian Film Festival in London – UK, 2011
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, competition – Germany, 2011
Love Film Festival in Mons, competition – Belgium, 2011
Byron Bay International Film Festival – Australia, 2011
Cape Winelands International Film Festival– South-Africa
Cinemateca de Montevideo – Uruguay
Palm Springs International Film Festival, competition – USA
Chicago Europe Film Festival, Gene Siskel Art Centre – USA
Durres International Film Festival – Albania
Riga International Film Festival – Latvia
Raindance Film Festival– UK
Bahamas International Film Festival – Bahamas

Awards
Special Jury Award at Almaty International Film Festival “Shaken’s Stars” – Kazakhstan
Metamorfoze Award (Debut) at PROCULT Cinefestival din Roma – Italy

Related articles
The Phantom Father is the best Romanian Movie Ițve ever seen – www.vice.com
Review: The Phantom Father – www.variety.com

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Adalbert’s Dream
Gabriel Achim
2011

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Adalbert’s Dream

Gabriel Spahiu, Doru Ana, Ozana Oancea and Anca Androne are the protagonists of the Romanian film Adalbert’s Dream, a black comedy based on a real story that happened in a Romanian communist factory.

The film propses a virtual return on the 8th of May 1986, a day celebrated with much ceremony, but also hypocrisy and fear within Romanian factories at that time.

Director: Gabriel Achim
Writer: Gabriel Achim, Cosmin Manolache
Cinematography: George Chiper-Lillemark
Producer: Gabriel Achim, Monica Lăzurean Gorgan
Cast: Gabriel Spahiu, Doru Ana, Ozana Oancea, Anca Androne, Paul Ipate, Mimi Brănescu, Alina Berzunțeanu, Coca Bloos, Adrian Văncică, Mircea Rusu, Vitalie Bichir, Adrian Ciglenean, Violeta Haret Popa, Florin Rosu, Damian Achim
Year: 2011
Category: feature film
Duration: 98 minutes
Subtitles: English

Synopsis
Adalbert’s Dream is a black comedy based on a real story that happened in a Romanian communist factory. It’s the 8th of May 1986, the anniversary day of the Romanian Communist Party, only two weeks after the Chernobyl explosion. Most importantly for Romanians, this is only one day since the football team Steaua Bucharest has won the Champions League in Sevilla. During this festive atmosphere, Iulică Ploscaru (Gabriel Spahiu), an engineer taking care of the workplace safety, tries to show his artistic abilities, experimenting with new technics by filming his job-related materials.

Festivals
Reykjavik International Film Festival, Official Competition – Island, 2011
Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Greece, 2011
Transilvania International Film Festival, Romanian Days – Romania, 2011
Nashville Film Festival – USA, 2012
Bradford International Film Festival – International Competition – Great Britain, 2012
Go-East Wiesbaden International Film Festival, Official Competition – Germany, 2012
Sofia International Film Festival, Official Competition – Bulgaria, 2012
Vilnius International Film Festival – Lithuania, 2012
Toulouse International Film Festival – France, 2013
IndieLisboa International Film Festival – Portugal, 2014

Awards
Special Mention, Tallinn International Film Festival – Estonia, 2011
Best Debut Film, Gopo Awars – Romania, 2013

Reviews
Adalbert's Dream: Film Review – www.hollywoodreporter.com
Review: Adalbert’s Dream – www.variety.com
From second to first – www.fipresci.org

The Japanese Dog
Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
2013

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The Japanese Dog

Selected to represend Romania for the 87th edition of the Oscar Awards (Best Foreign Film), winner of Best Film Award at Warsaw International Film Festival, The Japanese Dog is a delicate film about family reconciliation.

Hollywood Reporter considered it “a satisfying, unexpectedly upbeat film, superbly played, in which hope is always just about visible through the tragedy”.

Director: Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Writer: Ioan Antoci, Gabriel Gheorghe, Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Image: Andrei Butică
Producer: Tudor Giurgiu
Cast: Victor Rebengiuc, Șerban Pavlu, Laurențiu Lazăr, Ioana Abur, Kana Hashimoto, Toma Hashimoto 
Year: 2013
Category: feature film
Duration: 90 min.
Subtitles: English

Synopsis

Elderly Costache Moldu has lost his wife and all his goods in a flood. The unexpected return of his son, Ticu, from Japan forces them to relearn how to communicate, to become a family again. Costache becomes a real grandfather to his 7 years old grandson, while Ticu straightens mistakes from the past.

Festivals

Santa Barbara International Film Festival – USA, 2014

Awards

Best Film, Warsaw International Film Festival – Poland, 2013
Best Film, Vilnius International Film Festival – Lithuania, 2014
Romanian Days Award for Best Debut Film, Transilvania International Film Festival – Romania, 2014
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Victor Rebengiuc), Gopo Awards – Romania, 2014
Nominations for Best Feature Film (Tudor Cristian Jurgiu), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Șerban Pavlu), Best Cinematography, (Andrei Butică), Best Sound (Vlad Voinescu, Filip Mureșan), Best First Feature Film (Tudor Cristian Jurgiu), Gopo Awards – Romania, 2014

Reviews

Debut Family Drama 'The Japanese Dog' Is Romania's Oscar Candidate - www.hollywoodreporter.com

The Japanese Dog (Cainele Japonez): San Sebastian Review - www.hollywoodreporter.com

San Sebastian Film Review: ‘The Japanese Dog’ – www.variety.com

Rocker
Marian Crișan
2012

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Rocker

Considered a film that ” showed that the New Romanian Wave has not only a brain, but also nerve” (Cătălin Olaru), Rocker had its world premiere at San Sebastian Film Festival in 2012.

 “This film is a sort of a shout, a cry of desperation translated into this rocker that is getting old and the rock anonymous band. I like this world because it has its own identity, a world where you can find a sort of communion” (Marian Crișan, Dilema Veche).

Director: Marian Crișan
Writer: Marian Crișan
Image: Tudor Mircea, RSC
Producer: Anca Puiu
Cast: Dan Chiorean, Alin State, Crina Semciuc, Ofelia Popii
Year: 2012
Category: feature film
Duration: 91 min.
Subtitles: english

Synopsis

Victor is a late rocker who works, steals and cheats only to get the money to buy heroine for his addicted son Dinte. This is a strange self-sacrifice that he takes for saving his son.

Despite their blood relation, they are united also by the music. The rock music. 

Festivals

San Sebastian International Film Festival – Spain, 2012
Trieste Film Festival – Italy, 2013
Goteborg International Film Festival – Sweden, 2013
Vilnius International Film Festival – Lithuania, 2013
Fabio Fest Prague International Film Festival – Czech Republic, 2013
Wiesbaden International Film Festival – Germany, 2013
Indielisboa International Film FestivalPortugal, 2013 
Brussels International Film Festival – Belgium, 2013
Transilvania International Film Festival – Romania, 2013
Tofifest International Film FestivalPoland, 2013
Saint Petersburg International Film Festival – Russia, 2013

Awards 

Best Actor (Dan Chiorean), Vilnius International Film Festival – Lithuania, 2013
Best Actor (Dan Chiorean), GoEast International Film FestivalGermany, 2013
Best Actor (Dan Chiorean), Best Director (Marian Crișan), Herceg Novi Film Festival Montenegro, 2013    

The 11th Commandment
Mircea Daneliuc
1991

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The 11th Commandment

A new international online premiere on CINEPUB: The 11th Commandment, by Mircea Daneliuc, the first post-communism film by one of the most important Romanian filmmakers.   

Written during the communist regime, free adaptation of the book The Pitesti Phenomenon, by Paul Goma, “Mircea Daneliuc’s film represents a terrifying point of view about the terror used anywhere in the world and at any point in time” (Titus Vîjeu, Monsieur l’auteur – or the lone wolf of the Romanian film).

Director: Mircea Daneliuc
Writer: Mircea Daneliuc
Image: Florin Mihăilescu
Cast: Constantin Dinulescu, Valentin Uritescu, Cecilia Bîrbora, Ildiko Jarcsek Zamfirescu, Mircea Andreescu, Bujor Macrin, Viorica Geantă, Costel Constantin
Year: 1991
Category: feature film
Duration: 141 min.
Subtitles: english

Synopsis
The last days of the Second World War. All those resembling Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun, Goebbels, Bormann and other prominent Nazi leaders are arrested and taken to a camp in order for the real fascist criminals to be discovered and punished. Thus begins the long ordeal of these individuals, who will suffer because of unproven offences. For a year they will live in complete isolation from the rest of the world, an infernal nightmare.

Somewhere in Palilula
Silviu Purcărete
2012

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Somewhere in Palilula

We invite you to discover the special world created by the important Romanian theater director Silviu Purcărete, to enter a small phantom city, lost in the middle of Walachian field,
”a small community of fools, lazies, sluts, vagabonds with angel's hearts is living under the sun in a sweet innocent unconscious” (undevalapalilula.ro).

Director: Silviu Purcărete
Writer: Silviu Purcărete
Cinematography: Adrian Silișteanu
Year: 2012
Category: feature film
Duration: 145 min.
Subtitles: English

Synopsis

Somewhere in Palilula tells the story of Serafim, a young doctor assigned on short-term at the hospital in Palilula, a little town lost somewhere on the map of the country, following the death of the previous pediatrician, Pantelică. Serafim gradually adapts to this world of drunkennes, feasting and orgy and ends up, unexpectedly, to belong here.

Festivals

Transilvania International Film Festival – Romania, 2012
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Czech Republic, 2012

Bucharest Non-Stop
Dan Chișu
2015

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Bucharest Non-Stop

One of the latest great interpretation by one of Romanian most important actors: Ion Besoiu. The film lovers will also discover a remarkable cast: Gheorghe Ifrim, Dorina Lazăr, Toma Cuzin, Alexandru Papadopol, Olimpia Melinte, Dorian Boguță, Tudor Smoleanu, Adrian Titieni.

Director: Dan Chișu
Writer: Dan Chișu
Cinematography: Liviu Pojoni Jr.
Prducers: Dan Chișu, Codin Maticiuc, Liviu Pojoni Jr.
Year: 2015
Category: feature film
Duration: 86 minutes
Subtitles: English

Synopsis
A regular night at a 24/7 neighborhood store. Achim, the owner, represents the connection between four stories of ordinary people caught in extraordinary situations. No matter how different they are, the taxi driver and the hooker, the elderly couple, the lovers and the local gangsters have one thing in common: Achim’s nonstop store.

Festivals
Transilvania International Film Festival – Romania, 2015

Awards
Special Jury Award, Mons International Film Festival – Belgium, 2016

E pericoloso sporgersi
Nae Caranfil
1993

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E pericoloso sporgersi

„Nae Caranfil showed up like a tornado in 1992, like a promise of a new wave which was never to come together years later” (Mihai Chirilov, Re:Public, may 2005).

First screened in Cannes, in Quinzaine de realisateurs, E pericoloso sporgersi is the debut film of an audience darling. His films have become cult in terms of memorable lines. „The hand reaching out without a story doesn’t get anything for free” is just an example.

Director: Nae Caranfil
Writer: Nae Caranfil
Cinematography: Cristian Comeagă
Producer: Jean-Martial Lefranc
Cast: Marius Stănescu, Natalie Bonifay, George Alexandru
Year: 1993
Category: feature film
Duration: 104 min
Subtitles: English

Synopsis
Three characters and their different perspectives on the same story.
A theatre troupe comes on tour in a small town at the border with Yugoslavia. Cristina dreams of becoming an actress and falls in love with actor Dino. But Horatiu, enrolled in the army in the same town, is also aiming to get her.

Festivals
Cannes International Film Festival – France, 1993

Awards
Critics Award, Montpellier International Film Festival – France, 1993
Best Film, Bratislava International Film Festival – Slovakia, 1993