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Adrian Sitaru’s The Fixer is the Romanian Oscar candidate

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- A jury of seven film critics favoured Sitaru’s journalism drama over its rivals

Adrian Sitaru’s The Fixer is the Romanian Oscar candidate
The Fixer by Adrian Sitaru

The Romanian National Film Center has announced that a selection committee of seven film critics favoured Adrian Sitaru’s The Fixer [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Adrian Sitaru
interview: Tudor Aaron Istodor
film profile
]
 as the Romanian candidate for next year’s Oscars. The Romanian drama about a journalist facing a professional dilemma will be competing with approximately 90 other pictures for a nomination in the Best Foreign-language Film category. The award will be handed out on 4 March 2018, after the nine shortlisted titles have been announced on 23 January.

With a screenplay written by Claudia Silişteanu and Adrian SilişteanuThe Fixer follows Radu (Tudor Aaron Istodor), an ambitious trainee at the Bucharest office of Agence France Presse. When two underage prostitutes are repatriated from France, Radu becomes a fixer for the French TV crew trying to cover the juicy news. Radu’s adventures in provincial Romania and various aspects of the case will make the young protagonist question his morality and motivations. 

The Fixer is a co-production between 4 Proof Film (Romania) and Petit Film (France). The film was produced by Anamaria Antoci and co-produced by Jean des Forêts, with French sales agent MPM Film handling the international sales. Distributor Domestic Film released The Fixer in Romania at the end of January, the film ending its run in local cinemas with a total of 4,700 admissions.

Romania was previously represented at the Oscars by Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Cristi Puiu
film profile
]
(2017), Radu Jude's Aferim! [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Radu Jude
film profile
]
 (2016), Tudor Cristian Jurgiu's The Japanese Dog [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 (2015), Călin Peter Netzer's Child's Pose [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Calin Peter Netzer
festival scope
film profile
]
 (2014) and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Cosmina Stratan
interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Cristian Mungiu
film profile
]
 (2013). No Romanian film has ever been nominated for an Oscar, Beyond the Hills being the only title to have been shortlisted in the race for a nomination. In 2008, the snub of Mungiu’s Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Oleg Mutu
film profile
]
 sparked the ire of many American film critics, which allegedly prompted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to reorganise the nomination process for the Best Foreign-language Film category.

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