Film Series

Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema

 
 
Nov 26—Dec 2, 2018
 
   
 
 
 
 
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Co-presented by the Romanian Film Initiative and BAM

The extraordinary Romanian cinema renaissance continues as seen in the 13th edition of this annual showcase. This year’s program celebrates a new wave of films by women directors, including a Golden Bear-winning exploration of intimacy and desire; a groundbreaking gay love story; and documentaries that confront Romania’s turbulent 20th century. In addition, the festival highlights the darkly satirical work of internationally acclaimed auteur Radu Jude, whose career-long concerns with Jewish identity and the darkest chapters of Romanian history crescendo in his latest tour-de-force, “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians.”


 
Touch Me Not
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Touch Me Not
Mon, Nov 26, 2018
 
Touch Me Not
Mon, Nov 26, 2018
NEW YORK PREMIERE
 

Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, the bold debut from Adina Pintilie is a deeply human exploration of intimacy, identity, and desire.

+ Q&A: Director Adina Pintilie
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Free Dacians
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Free Dacians
Tue, Nov 27, 2018
 
Free Dacians
Tue, Nov 27, 2018
US PREMIERE
 

This engaging and humorous documentary sheds light on how the culture and mythology of the ancient kingdom of Dacia lives on in present-day Romania.

+ Q&A: Director Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan
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Licu
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Licu, A Romanian Story
Tue, Nov 27, 2018
 
Licu, A Romanian Story
Tue, Nov 27, 2018
US PREMIERE
 

Having lived through war, peace, revolution, communism, and post-communism, a 92-year-old man reflects on his life, the passage of time, and the last century of Romanian history as he has witnessed it.

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Moon Hotel Kabul
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Moon Hotel Kabul
Wed, Nov 28, 2018
 
Moon Hotel Kabul
Wed, Nov 28, 2018
US PREMIERE
 

While in Kabul, a cynical journalist’s world is turned upside down by the suicide of a woman he barely knew—plunging him into a dangerous investigation into the mystery of her life and death.

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The Distance Between Me and Me
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The Distance Between Me and Me
Wed, Nov 28, 2018
 
The Distance Between Me and Me
Wed, Nov 28, 2018
SNEAK PEEK
 

This thought-provoking portrait of poet, musician, intellectual, and committed communist Nina Cassian illuminates one woman’s lifelong struggle to reconcile her artistic and political ideals.

+ Q&A with director Mona Nicoară
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Soldiers
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Soldiers: A Story From Ferentari
Thu, Nov 29, 2018
 
Soldiers: A Story From Ferentari
Thu, Nov 29, 2018
US PREMIERE
 

An unexpected romance blossoms between two men amidst a ramshackle Bucharest neighborhood in this tender, offbeat love story shot through with a loose-limbed, vérité naturalism.

+ Q&A: Director Ivana Mladenovic
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I don't care if we go down as barbarians
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“I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians”
Fri, Nov 30, 2018
 
“I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians”
Fri, Nov 30, 2018
 

Blending black humor, Godardian agitprop, and wide-ranging references to art and philosophy, Radu Jude’s latest is an explosive, audacious satire that reckons with one of Romanian history’s darkest chapters.

+ Intro by producer Ada Solomon
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The Dead Nation
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The Dead Nation
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
 
The Dead Nation
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
 

Composed entirely of still photographs and archival audio, this shattering, quietly radical docu-essay charts the rising tide of anti-Semitism and Jewish persecution in 1930s and 40s Romania.

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The Happiest Girl in the World
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The Happiest Girl in the World
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
 
The Happiest Girl in the World
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
 

Radu Jude’s feature debut is a ruthlessly barbed satire of soulless capitalist opportunism in which an ordinary teenager—dubbed the “the happiest girl in the world”—becomes an unwitting corporate spokesperson.

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Scarred Hearts
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Scarred Hearts
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
 
Scarred Hearts
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
 

A film about death that is, nevertheless, vigorously alive, Jude’s adaptation of a novel by modernist writer Max Blecher is a mordantly funny portrait of 1930s Romania set within the confines of a sanitarium.

+ Intro by producer Ada Solomon and director/actress Ivana Mladenovic
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Everybody in our Family
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Everybody in Our Family
Sun, Dec 2, 2018
 
Everybody in Our Family
Sun, Dec 2, 2018
 

Radu Jude’s third feature—in which an epic family argument spirals from the absurd to the scarily unhinged—is pure Romanian New Wave, shot through with gritty realism and grim satire.

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Aferim
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Aferim!
Sun, Dec 2, 2018
 
Aferim!
Sun, Dec 2, 2018
 

Stunningly shot in glimmering, widescreen black and white, Radu Jude’s acclaimed international breakthrough is a scathingly funny odyssey through 19th-century Romania in the form of a revisionist western.

+ Q&A with producer Ada Solomon
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