Romanian films in competition and in the Panorama at Berlin
by Stefan Dobroiu
- Radu Jude and Tudor Giurgiu are the two Romanian directors in the festival’s selection
Two years after Călin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose [+see also:
interview: Calin Peter Netzer
film profile] won the Golden Bear, and five years after Florin Şerban’s If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle [+see also:
interview: Ada Condeescu
film profile] won the Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred Bauer Prize, Romania has a fresh chance to bag the Berlinale’s top award with Radu Jude’s third feature, Aferim!.
Aferim! is a Hi Film production, in co-production with Klas Film (Bulgaria), Endorfilm (Czech Republic) and Mulberry Development (Romania). Ada Solomon is the main producer. The film received financial support from the Romanian National Film Center and Eurimages.
The movie was written by Jude together with Florin Lăzărescu and is set in the 19th century, a time when Gypsy slavery was common in Romania. The story revolves around a local policeman, Costandin, who is hired by a local boyar to find Carfin (Cuzin Toma), a Gypsy slave who had run away from the boyar's estate after having an affair with his wife.
Tudor Giurgiu’s political thriller Why Me?, also a third feature, will be screened in the Panorama Special sidebar. The project was produced by Libra Film with support from the Romanian National Film Center, Eurimages and the MEDIA programme. It was co-produced by Hai-Hui Entertainment (Romania), Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria) and Cor Leonis Films (Hungary).
Based on real events, the film centres on Cristian (Emilian Oprea), an idealistic prosecutor whose faith in the Romanian legal system is shattered when he starts working on a case involving a fellow prosecutor. Why Me? will be released domestically on 27 February.