Tag: romania

Review: BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN Transforms a Minor Personal Mishap Into a Social Diagnosis

Katia Pascariu, Claudia Ieremia and Olimpia Malai star in a comedy/drama from Romania, directed by Radu Jude, and opening in theaters on November 19, 2021.

Now Streaming: Academy Award Nominees ANOTHER ROUND, COLLECTIVE, THE MOLE AGENT

Nominated as Best International Feature Film and/or Best Documentary Feature, all three are now streaming on Hulu.

Review: QUO VADIS, AIDA?, Searing Indictment of War From Not So Distant Past

Writer/director Jasmila Zbanica presents a powerful, harrowing film, with a stellar performance by Jasna Djuricic in the title role.

Berlinale 2021 Review: BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN, Society on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Radu Jude wins the main award at the 2021 Berlinale with provocative docu-fiction, doubling as social satire.

New York 2020 Review: MALMKROG, Prophetic Vision of Europe in Philosophical Terms

Directed by Cristi Puiu, the film deals with dense, heady philosophical musings from another century. But context is everything.

Now in Theaters: THE WHISTLERS Does The Heist Thing A Little Differently

Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu makes strange genre movies. His peculiar cinema turns off most people, but gets a small minority VERY excited. If you happen to be in a room of cinephiles, and the subject of his earlier film, Police,...

THE WHISTLERS Trailer: Learn a Smart New Criminal Language

The adjective "whip-smart" was coined to describe clever, outlandish, and thoroughly entertaining creative productions, such as Corneliu Porumboiu's The Whistlers. Hailing from Romania, Porumboiu is probably best known outside Europe for his thrilling dramas 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006) and...

Tribeca 2018 Review: LEMONADE, Male Toxicity Contaminates the Promised Land

The feature debut by Ioana Uricaru is a Romanian New Wave shrouded as U.S. indie.

Fantasia 2016 Review: SHELLEY Marries Parenthood To Horror Without Enough Consequence

A classy, atmospheric take on the hysteria of new parenthood, Ali Abbasi's Shelley wears its influences boldly on its sleeve (and right there in the title), only the Frankenstein's monster here is a baby born by way of our modern medical...

Transylvania Film Fest 2016 Preview: Beasts, Sono And No Limit

The 15th edition of Transylvania International Film Festival will kick-off May 27 in the second most populous city in Romania. The festival´s artistic director Mihai Chirilov programmed a thematic section called "#Animal". He explained: "The idea of a cine-zoo at...

Review: AFERIM!, Angry And Rough, A Must-See Ride In Romania

For over a decade Romanian Cinema has produced many breathtakingly great films, and directors such as Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Cristian Mungiu and Călin Peter Netzer have gained international recognition, becoming household names in world cinema. The usual term of...

Hamburg 2015 Review: THE TREASURE, Or, How To Love An Illusion

Corneliu Porumboiu, the Éric Rohmer of Romania's Nouvelle Vague, is Europe's answer to Hong Sang-soo. Where to go from such a first sentence? We will see. What about The Treasure, his latest exercise in time? We talk about the time...

Transylvania Film Festival 2015: The Transylvania Trophy Goes THE FIRE, Audience Award to RAMS

Rapidly growing and from year to year enforcing its status as Romania's biggest film gathering, the Transylvania Film Festival, has successfully wrapped its 14th edition. Held in the second most populous city after Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, the festival expanded into...

Review: WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM, Witty And Structurally Elegant

Corneliu Porumboiu, with just three features now under his belt, has established himself as one of the finest filmmakers of the Romanian new wave. His previous films 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006) and Police, Adjective (2009) impressed film festival audiences...

Preview: Transylvania 2014 Unites Absorbing Features By A Flock Of Fresh Filmmakers

The Transylvania International Film Festival (May 30 - June 8) takes place in the second biggest Romanian city after Bucharest, and the unofficial capital of the historical province of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca. The fest will screen 12 daring features by six...

Review: CHILD'S POSE Looks At Mommy Love

Winner of a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and Romania's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year's Oscar, Calin Peter Netzer's Child's Pose is a riveting family drama spiked with some sharp social commentary that...

Warsaw 2013 Review: Minimalist THE JAPANESE DOG Is A Feature Debut Worth Noticing

Being a huge fan of Japanese cinema I can honestly say that I was really intrigued when I carefully looked through this year's festival and saw a film entitled The Japanese Dog. After a few minutes I finally realized that...

Director Cristian Mungiu Takes Us BEYOND THE HILLS In This Exclusive Featurette

It's funny the films I can get so enthusiastically, heck almost manically fanboy-ish about. Much of that kind of energy is reserved for the Spider-Mans and Batmans of the world, but for me it's usually something like... well, Cristian Mungiu's...

Slamdance 2013 Review: DOMESTIC Finds Its Bliss

Adrian Sitaru's third feature Domestic begins with the residents of an apartment building in modern Romania gathering in the lobby to discuss with their building president Mr. Lazar (Adrian Titieni) the pesky presence of one mangy mutt whose been hanging...