Friday, January 03, 10:30 AM
Palm Springs Regal 9
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Romania, 2013, 112 Minute Running Time
Topics: Crime, Drama, Women
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Romanian English Sub-Titles
Awards: Golden Bear and FIPRESCI Prize in Berlin
The latest from director Calin Peter Netzer, (a Palm Springs guest in 2010 with "Medal of Honor") blends social commentary and psychological realism in a sharply crafted drama. What starts out as a caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love.
It pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu ("The Death of Mr. Lazarescu") as a steely, well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her thirty-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses and even the victim’s family that her son was not recklessly speeding?
"It's one of those rare films (Iranian Oscar®-winner A Separation was another) which trusts audiences to bring along their own moral compass. Sharp, chilling and involving."
- Nick Roddick, London Evening Standard
"Spectacular... A snappish, seething, darkly funny drama of class and ethics that Luminita Gheorghiu presides over with iron-backed imperiousness."
- Guy Lodge, Hitfix
Winner: Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival
DIRECTOR: Calin Peter Netzer
Producer: Calin Peter Netzer, Ada Solomon, Dana Giurgiu
Editor: Dana Lucretia Bunescu
Screenwriter: Calin Peter Netzer, Razvan Radulescu
Cinematographer: Andrei Butica
Principal Cast: Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Florin Zamfirescu, Natasa Raab, Ilinca Goia, Vlad Ivanov, Mimi Branescu
Filmography: Medal of Honor (PSIFF 2010)
Print Source: Zeitgeist
Official Film Website