Tag Archives: Romanian
Felix si Otilia / Felix and Otilia (1972) Iulian Mihu, Radu Boruzescu, Julieta Szönyi, Sergiu Nicolaescu, Drama, History
In this monumental Romanian film, a large family and its many generations vie for advantage, seeking to win the inheritance sure to be left behind by a wealthy older man of the clan. This movie is based on a very long and popular novel by George Calmescu, and is similar in some ways to England’s BBC television series, The Forsythe Saga, based on Galsworthy’s books. Along the way, stories of friendship, love and rivalry emerge. In one story, a poor young man is disappointed in love as his girl chooses lucre over love in selecting a mate.
Un om în loden / The Man in the Overcoat (1979) Nicolae Margineanu, Mircea Albulescu, Tanase Cazimir, George Constantin, Thriller
Un bulgare de huma / A Clod of Clay (1989) Nicolae Margineanu, Emilia Dobrin, Tudorel Filimon, Ilie Gâlea, Drama
Atunci i-am condamnat pe toti la moarte / Then I Sentenced Them All to Death (1972) Sergiu Nicolaescu, Amza Pellea, Cristian Sofron, Ion Besoiu, War, Drama
During World War II, just before the events of August 23rd 1944, a German soldier is found murdered in a Romanian village. The dead soldier’s superior threatens the villagers that unless the perpetrator is handed over by the following morning they will all face reprisals. In order to avoid this, the village intellectuals try to convince Ipu, the village idiot, to take the blame for the murder and save them.
Filantropica / Philanthropy (2002) Nae Caranfil, Mircea Diaconu, Gheorghe Dinica, Mara Nicolescu, Comedy, Drama
Schimb valutar / Exchange (2008) Nicolae Margineanu, Cosmin Selesi, Aliona Munteanu, Andi Vasluianu, Drama
How far can one person go to try and reclaim what they have lost? That’s the question posed by Nicolae Margineanu’s EXCHANGE. When Emil and his wife lose their jobs, they decide to move to Australia and sell everything they have to fund their move. Things take a turn for the worst, however, when a Bucharest conman makes off with their savings. Left with nothing, Emil is forced to navigate a sea of poverty and crime to try and make a life for him and his family. EXCHANGE takes a close look at the lives of Romanian citizens living within a struggling economy, and is an outstanding drama, a life lesson that even the most honest people can change the principles of social backgrounds.
Quod erat demonstrandum / The Escape (2013) Andrei Gruzsniczki, Sorin Leoveanu, Ofelia Popii, Florin Piersic Jr., Drama
In mid-’80s Romania, a gifted mathematician is under investigation for plans to publish a new theorem by smuggling it overseas. He’s one in a network of academics struggling beneath the oppressive dictatorship in this gripping tale of science and secrecy.
Prea târziu / Too Late (1996) Lucian Pintilie, Razvan Vasilescu, Cecilia Bârbora, Victor Rebengiuc, Drama, Thriller
Germany 1996. A man rummages through a bag, finding some sticks of dynamite. A few months earlier, in the Jiu Valley, a remote province in Romania, prosecutor Costa arrives to investigate some deaths that took place in a coal mine. Costa soon meets Alina. The two become lovers, but the mysterious mining deaths continue. Costa discovers something that took place before his arrival. Ficht and Ferz are twins, both afflicted by mental illness. Ficht goes in and out of hospital, while Ferz, like the prototype in an inverse evolution, has transformed into a kind of animal, following a regression from man to beast, and has found his habitat in the mine.
Balanta / The Oak (1992) Lucian Pintilie, Maia Morgenstern, Razvan Vasilescu, Victor Rebengiuc, Comedy, Drama
A description of Romania before Ceausescu’s downfall, through the story of Nela. Daughter of a former colonel of the Securitate, the romanian political police. She refused to become as her sister, an agent of this Securitate, and lives with her father. After he died, she leaves Bucarest, and ends up in a little town, where she meets Mitica, a surgeon, another herself, laughing of everything.