The month of Romanian cinema
by Stefan Dobroiu
- Spring brings six domestic releases in less than a month
If in previous years Romanian distributors concentrated the releases of domestic films in autumn, this year they appear to have reconsidered - March can be considered 'the month of Romanian cinema', with as many as six releases over the course of a few weeks.
Marian Crisan's Rocker [+see also:
film profile] made the start last week and Cineuropa already has the numbers for the Mandragora Movies production's first three days in cinemas: 1,115 admissions. This Friday, it's Killing Time [+see also:
film profile], Florin Piersic Jr.'s ultra-minimalist feature about two assassins waiting for their target in an apartment. Seven Acts of Mercy [+see also:
film profile], directed by Gianluca De Serio and Massimiliano De Serio, about a young Romanian woman (Olimpia Melinte) and her tribulations in Italy, is also released on Friday. The Italy-Romania co-production is produced by La Sarraz Pictures and Elefant Film.
The most eagerly awaited film of March is without any doubt Calin Peter Netzer's Child's Pose [+see also:
interview: Calin Peter Netzer
film profile] (photo). Winner of the Golden Bear at this year's Berlinale, the Parada Film production takes advantage of a great hype caused by its recent festival success and is expected to be one of the most successful domestic releases of 2013.
On March 15, it's high time for A Farewell to Fools, a Family Film Production film directed by Bogdan Dreyer. The stars are Gerard Depardieu, Harvey Keitel and Laura Morante. Inspired by the novella Ipu's Death written by Titus Popovici, the film is set in a small Transylvanian village during World War II. When a German soldier is killed, the Germans threaten to shoot ten villagers if the small community does not turn in the killer. Promising him legendary funerals, the villagers try to convince Ipu (Depardieu), the village fool, to turn himself in, but their plan is not easy to accomplish with such an uncontrollable hero.
Finally, Adrian Sitaru's Domestic comes on March 22. Inspired by the director's shorts, the 4 Proof Film production centres on a group of people who live in the same apartment building and whose lives are affected by their pets.
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