Skip to main content

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

See also...

CHILD S POSE

Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. ... When dissatisfied, well-to-do Cornelia finds out her 34-year-old son, Barbu, has struck and killed a young child in a car ... More »

TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS

"A further example of Romanian virtuosity." - Village Voice ... After ten years of marriage, Paul juggles the easy familiarity of his wife and child with the playful passions of his mistress. But a ... More »

Away We Go

Academy Award winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) brings us this hilarious and heartfelt story of a young couple embarking on the most exciting, frightening, strange, and wonderful journey ... More »

BEESWAX

“[Filmmaker] Bujalski is both a neo-hipster Woody Allen and a Rohmer-like romantic.” - Cinema Scope ... Twin sisters in Austin, Texas, fumble their way through the vicissitudes of modern life and ... More »

CHLOE

A steamy Hitchcockian thriller that delves into the realm of sexual jealousy. ... Eroticism as seen through the eyes of Atom Egoyan (Exotica) comes elegantly composed with caressing camera moves, and ... More »

BLUEBEARD

“This quietly surreal Freudian fable is an elegant exercise of style with a sly humorous undertow.” - Screen International ... Recalling her own childhood antics, contentious French auteur ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director