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by Bobby Păunescu


Set in Bucharest after the fall of Ceaușescu, Pioneers' Palace captures the chaotic essence of the time. Based on the director's own experience, the story follows a group of Romanian teenagers who, driven by the unprecedented freedoms of a free-market economy, open a disco in their high school. Surrounded by entrepreneurial opportunity and almost no limits, the teens visit Bucharest’s first-ever brothel and are exposed to the dark underbelly of an unregulated society when they are faced with potential exposure to AIDS.

international title: Pioneers' Palace
original title: Palatul pionierilor
country: Romania
sales agent: Mandragora Movies
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Bobby Păunescu
film run: 82'
screenplay: Bobby Păunescu
cast: Toto Dumitrescu, Mihai Dorobantu, Maria Bata, Dragos Savulescu, Alice Halpert, Alice Peneaca, Doru Ana, Ioana Pavelescu
cinematography by: Viorel Sergovici
film editing: Mircea Olteanu
producer: Bobby Păunescu, Viorel Sergovici, Dragos Savulescu, Mihai Dorobantu, Liu Tee Shu
co-producer: Gilda Conon, Mihai Dorobantu
production: Mandragora Movies, Solar Indie Junction
distributor: Fandango Distribuzione