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.
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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.
Hîrtia va fi albastrã / The Paper Will Be Blue (2006) Radu Muntean, Paul Ipate, Adi Carauleanu, Dragos Bucur, Action, Drama
Out of enthusiasm, a Militia soldier abandons his platoon and decides to fight for the cause of the Revolution. His Lieutenant and the rest of the crew look for him during the confused night of 22-23 December 1989.
Duios Anastasia trecea / Gently Was Anastasia Passing (1980) Alexandru Tatos, Anda Onesa, Amza Pellea, Tark Laszlo, Drama, War
A border town on the Danube, 1944. The town is occupied by the Germans, and there are plenty of collaborators. A number of the young men join the partisans, kill a Serbian, and throw his body into the village, forbidding anyone to bury it. Anastasia refuses to obey the order…
Intoarcerea din iad / Return from Hell (1983) Nicolae Margineanu, Constantin Brînzea, Maria Ploae, Remus Margineanu, Drama
A peasant returns to his village as a rich man. Here he finds that he still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend, even though she is now married to another man. Trying to get rid of these feelings, he gets married to another girl who is madly in love with him. This only makes things harder for him and pushes him to have an affair. The break of the first world war puts him next to the cheated husband and they soon find out that their lives might depend on the other man. Will they be able to put everything aside in order to survive, or will they be consumed by their hatred for each other?
Stefan Luchian (1981) Nicolae Margineanu, Florin Calinescu, Ion Caramitru, George Constantin, Biography, Drama
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.
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.