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12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST (Corneliu Porumboiu, 2006)
“It's a movie that seems simple, yet its subtle and brilliant complexity is not to be denied.” - San Francisco Chronicle ... With its title referring to the exact time dictator Nicolae Ceausescu … Read more

4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (Christian Mungiu, 2007)
A multiple award-winner, including the highly prized Palme D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Set in the Soviet block during the final days of communism, this is a tale of friendship, love and… Read more

A BOMB WAS STOLEN (Ion Popescu Gopo, 1961)
This is an engaging burlesque on the struggle for atomic power, and includes a number of penetrating and amusing side-swipes at the customs of the West. Set in an unidentified country, it tells of a … Read more

A SUMMER TALE (Dan Pita, 1976)
This late 19th century tale is set in a Romanian village ruled by the ancient but impoverished aristocratic Comanesteanu family. The crops are bad, and when hungry peasants demand their rights, the l… Read more

Allo! Hallo! Alo! (Ion Popescu Gopo, 1963)
An animated history of communication, seen through the eyes and antics of an engaging little man. ... This film is screened out of competition. ... Read more

An Invitation to Lunch (Gabriel Sirbu, 2001)
What happens when a man you invited to lunch cancels his visit when the table's set, the candles are lit and lunch is ready? A short story from everyday life in a beautifully compact form. ... Read more

BEST INTENTIONS (Adrian Sitaru, 2011)
“It's sometimes said that cinema's power lies in letting us see the world through other people's eyes, an idea taken to a literal extreme by Romanian writer/director Adrian Sitaru.” - Hollywood R… Read more

BEYOND THE HILLS (Cristian Mungiu, 2012)
“A brilliant, scary portrayal of irrationality and fear in Europe's dark heart.” - The Guardian ... When twenty-something Alina arrives in Moldavia to remove her childhood friend Voichita from an… Read more

BOOGIE (Radu Muntean, 2008)
"Drinking, smoking and whoring ain't what they used to be." - Variety ... Happily settled with his wife Smaranda (Anamaria Marinca of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) and their 4-year-old son, 30-someth… Read more

C Block Story (Cristian Nemescu, 2002)
Promising young Romanian director Cristian Nemescu was killed in a car crash in late 2006, while his debut feature California Dreamin' was in post production. Three of Nemescu's lively shorts are col… Read more

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' (ENDLESS) (Cristian Nemescu, 2007)
"A complex dark comedy of near-Shakespearean proportions." - Variety ... During the Kosovo war, a train carrying radar equipment and a group of American soldiers gets stalled at a train station in a … Read more

CHILD S POSE (Calin Peter Netzer, 2013)
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… Read more

Childhood Dreams (Jean Petrovici, 1971)
The paintings of the school children of Vulturesti have been exhibited in many parts of the world. They give an uninhibited and colourful account of their world in the little village. ... Read more

CRISTIAN NEMESCU SHORTS (Cristian Nemescu, 2008)
Promising young Romanian director Cristian Nemescu was killed in a car crash in late 2006, while his debut feature California Dreamin' was in post-production. Three of Nemescu's lively shorts are col… Read more

DANUBE WAVES (Liviu Ciulei, 1960)
On a peaceful, warm summer day, a barge was sailing on the Danube. The brown uniforms of the Fascist guards leave no doubt as to the ship's cargo - arms and ammunition. ... However, the guards are no… Read more

Winner of more than 20 awards, including the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival. ... Critically acclaimed, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu takes us through the final hours of a dying man'… Read more

"Every bit as odd and intriguing as its title, Every Day God Kisses Us on the Mouth is a dark parable about a butcher driven by conflicting urges to love and kill, who in his blackest hour is unexpec… Read more

"A violent, funny and disconcerting vision of a familial argument turned into actual slugfest." – ... Divorced father Marius, a man packing more than literal baggage, plans … Read more

Fairy Tale (Virgil Mocanu, 1966)
A Rumanian folk tale with coloured cut-out figures indicative of the variegated patterns of peasant art. ... Read more

Galathea (Ion Popescu Gopo, 1957)
The love story of a youth, who inspired old mythological legend, succeeds in a statue. ... Read more

Great Little Emotions (Doru Segal, 1964)
A reportage of the end-of-the-year celebrations at a kindergarten. ... Read more

Homo Sapiens (Ion Popescu Gopo, 1959)
In cartoon form and without any deference to science, pro-historic man is satirically shown progressing from rubbing flints to splitting the atom. ... Read more

How to Marry a Princess (Ion Popescu Gopo, 1959)
Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful princess. Suitors travelled from near and far to seek her hand in marriage, but she would have none of them, for her heart was won by a shepherd. One night t… Read more

I + I = I (Ion Popescu-Gopo, 1970)
The Everyman hero of Ion Popescu Gopo's many cartoon films, is bent on solving some mathematical problems, but he is side-tracked by fantasies… ... Read more

KATALIN VARGA (Peter Strickland, 2009)
“At once a road movie, a revenge narrative and a compassionate study of the drawn-out effects of trauma… a remarkable achievement.” - Edinburgh Film Festival ... In the Romanian Carpathian… Read more

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