Recreating the early twentieth century in Bucharest, leading to an unforgettable journey to the cultural space of Romania bohemia. The film follows the life of one of the famous for his landscapes and still lifes most renowned painters of Romania. Many of the works of art that appear in the film can only be seen in the National Gallery of Art in Bucharest, and almost never travel outside the country. Like Beethoven composed music while losing his hearing, Luchian paints as his fingers are paralyzed. The recreation of the artist’s life is so complete that it was filmed in the same bed and room where Luchian spent the last moments of his life.
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Cu mâinile curate / With Clean Hands (1972) Sergiu Nicolaescu, Ilarion Ciobanu, Alexandru Dobrescu, Action, Crime, Thriller
Wanting to follow the current trend, Francesca, a young teacher from Bucharest, is eager to emigrate to Italy. Unfortunately,whilst desperately seeking support from those nearest and dearest to her, various untold truths unravel.
In 1911-12, the Romanian movie director Grigore Brezianu and the financial tycoon Leon Popescu made together the 2 hours long movie “Romania’s Independence” – an as faithful as possible screen adaptation of the real Independence War that had been fought in 1877. Now, “Restul e tacere” tells us, in a loose and half-fictionalized way, the story of this movie making.
A Romanian peasant is visiting his friend Gogu who works at a hotel on the Black Sea Riviera.At the same hotel the rich American businessman, Mr.Juvett, with many mob enemies on his tail,is mistaken for the peasant Nea Marin,due to their perfect resemblance.The American mob has a contract on Mr. Juvett’s life and hit-men have followed him to Romania.Unfortunatelly for Nea Marin he is thrown into Mr. Juvett’s world and vice-versa,with hilarious consequences.
Following the 1394 Battle of Rovine between the Wallachian and Ottoman armies Wallachian ruler Mircea the Elder consolidates his reign.In a small civil war he manages to oust his brother Dan from Wallachia.Dan’s dream of usurping the Wallachian throne is destroyed and he is banished from the kingdom.After this confrontation Prince Mircea the Elder ruler of Wallachia receives envoys from the Polish king and from the Ottoman sultan.In their attempt to conquer Europe the Ottoman Turks are seeking European allies.Their envoys to Wallachia want to persuade Prince Mircea to join them but the Polish envoys also are hoping to sway Wallachia to their side.Prince Mircea of Wallachia hesitates.An alliance with fellow Christian Poles seems logical but their conditions are harsh.The conditions of a possible military alliance with the Ottoman Turks are more attractive.However,the Ottoman Turks are Muslim and they also are the traditional enemies of the small Christian kingdom of Wallachia.
Ultimul cartus / The Last Bullet (1973) Sergiu Nicolaescu, Ilarion Ciobanu, George Constantin, Amza Pellea, Action, Crime
A fost sau n-a fost / 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006) Corneliu Porumboiu, Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban, Ion Sapdaru, Comedy, Drama
It’s the 22nd of December. Sixteen years have passed since the revolution, and in a small town Christmas is about to come. Piscoci, an old retired man is preparing for another Christmas alone. Manescu, the history teacher, tries to keep up with his debts. Jderescu, the owner of a local television post, seems not to be so interested in the upcoming holidays. For him, the time to face history has come. Along with Manescu and Piscoci, he is trying to answer for himself a question which for 16 years has not had an answer: “Was it or wasn’t it a revolution in their town?”
Un comisar acuza / A Police Inspector Calls (1975) Sergiu Nicolaescu, Amza Pellea, Gheorghe Dinica, Ion Besoiu, Action, Crime, Drama
The Iron Guard, also known as Legion of Archangel Michael, was a Romanian nationalist and patriotic movement of extreme right; as such, after it rose to power, it supported Nazi Germany and started a fierce campaign of retaliation against its political enemies. As such, in the night of November 26-27, 1940, the Death Teams executed forty political prisoners in the Jilava prison (in the movie, named “Viraga”), and next day, other two Teams arrested and shot the former minister Virgil Madgearu and the world famous historian Nicolae Iorga (in the movie: Costin Märgeanu and Nicolae Jugu). To squash down the political outcry, the Police Prefect Stefan Zävoianu (Visan Nävodeanu) conveniently assigns the cases to a commissioner from the “Morals Division” (prostitution, thieves), Tudor Moldovan, hoping that he will fail to get to the bottom of the case. However, Moldovan has communist sympathies, so he quickly comes under the influence of the Bolshevik Pîrvu, who had escaped during the Viraga…