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MEDAL OF HONOR

Romania, 2009 (MIFF 2010, International Panorama)

Director: Calin Peter Netzer

“A medal glitters, but it also casts a shadow.” - Winston Churchill

Miserable curmudgeon Ion is anything but a hero. Both his son and wife haven't spoken to him in years, and Ion spends his days trudging through life, resigned to suburban mediocrity. But when he receives a letter saying that he'll be awarded a medal to commemorate his services in World War II he finds an opportunity to finally gain the respect of his family and neighbours - if only he can remember what he did to deserve it.

Replete with the dry, ironic humour that has become a hallmark of modern Romanian cinema, Medal of Honor sees filmmaker Calin Peter Netzer (Maria) create a wintery gem in the heart of post-Ceauşescu Romania.

Medal of Honor has garnered multiple awards, including the FIPRESCI prize at the 2009 Thessaloniki Film Festival.

D Calin Peter Netzer P Liviu Marghidan S Tudor Voican WS Films Boutique L Romanian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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