A frame from the movie Întregalde, by Radu Muntean
A frame from Crai Nou, the film that will open the Romanian cinema cycle

The best of today's Romanian cinema

The Filmoteca de Catalunya is dedicating a cycle to the latest productions of the country with names such as Imaculat and Câmp de Maci.

The film that preceded Alcarràs as the winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Festival, or the film that won the last Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Festival, are two of the six titles that will be screened between 27 September and 6 October as part of the Filmoteca de Catalunya's "Current Romanian Cinema" cycle, and which demonstrate the good shape of the productions being made in this country. The half-dozen films selected share, in addition to their quality, "a politically urgent and inclusive sensibility that resists the prejudices of a resurgent ultra-right", according to the Filmoteca.

The programme will open on the 27th with Crai Nou (translated into English as Blue Moon), Alina Grigore's debut film and winner of the Golden Shell at Donosti. It tells the psychological evolution of a girl who returns to the village after her family opposes her attempt to get higher education. Another title in the cycle will be the crazy black comedy Abardeala cu buclucsau porno balamuc (Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn), Radu Jude's latest feature film and Golden Bear at the Berlinale. The director explores with a corrosive eye the relationship between the individual and society through the case of a high school teacher whose job is put in jeopardy when a sex tape of herself and her partner is leaked on the internet.

Întregalde, by Radu Muntean, a social parable about the ease with which good intentions sink, will be next; followed by Monica Stan and George Chiper's Imaculat (Immaculate), a raw and uncomfortable story about overcoming drug addiction. Câmp de Maci (Poppy Field), directed by Eugen Jebeleanu, is based on a real case and portrays the plight of the LGTBIQ+ community in Romania. The cycle will be closed with Andrei Gruzsniczi's Dupa 40 de zile (No Rest for the Old Lady), a film set in a remote village, starring a man who doesn't believe in ghosts and his best friend, whose deceased wife appears to him.

You can find more information at this link.

Publication date: Tuesday, 20 September 2022
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