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by Lucian Pintilie


Frant Tandara, a former torturer in the prisons of Communist Romania, has agreed to confess his crimes to a journalist and a former political prisoner. Right from the start, the confession is plagued with problems: the tape recorder jams, Tandara speaks too fast or too slowly, his story sounds contrived. The son of a soldier, he became a homeless drifter when World War II ended. He slept in train stations and lived a hobo existence. While evoking his shady past, Tandara never really comes clean.

international title: The Afternoon of a Torturer
original title: Dupa-amiaza unui tortionar
country: France, Romania
sales agent: Cinexport
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Lucian Pintilie
film run: 88'
release date: FR 17/04/2002, RO 13/05/2002
screenplay: Gloria Papura
cast: Dorina Chiriac, Coca Bloos, Gheorghe Dinica, Radu Beligan, Ioana Macaria
cinematography by: Calin Ghibu
film editing: Nita Chivulescu
art director: Calin Papura
costumes designer: Gloria Papura
producer: Yvon Crenn
production: YMC Productions, The Studio for Cinematic, Creation of the Romanian, Filmex Romania, Ministry of Culture and Filmex Romania (RO)
distributor: Euripide Distribution


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Venice Film Festival 2016


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