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SHOWING RESULTS | FILMS FROM ROMANIA
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AFERIM

  • Release Year: 2015
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Directed By: Radu Jude
  • Country: Romania and Bulgaria
Winner of Best Director at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival and shot in savory black-and-white, Radu Jude’s Aferim! offers a rare and gripping glimpse into the political and religious landscape of nineteenth-century Romania. While traveling across the Wallachian countryside to hunt down a fugitive gypsy slave in 1835, an autumnal police officer and his young son encounter a variety of different natives, each with their own prejudices and opinions on the state of their nation. | Read More
Drama
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OUR SCHOOL

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Directed By: Miruna Coca-Cozma and Mona Nicoara
  • Country: USA, Romania, Switzerland
Our School follows three Roma (commonly known as Gypsy) children in a rural Transylvanian village who are among the pioneer participants in an initiative to integrate the ethnically segregated Romanian schools. Touching on issues ranging from institutionalized prejudice, public education, and the intractability of poverty, but always firmly rooted in the hypnotic rhythms and profound reality of the Roma community, Our School is a deeply affecting, often infuriating, and ultimately bittersweet story of tradition and progress. | Read More
Female Director(s) and Documentary
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TOTO AND HIS SISTERS

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Directed By: Alexander Nanau
  • Country: Romania
This rich and revealing documentary follows Toto, a well-intentioned Romanian adolescent, and his two sisters - drug-addicted Ana and responsible middle child Andreea - as they struggle to survive in a suffocating Bucharest slum while awaiting their mother’s return from prison. Shot over a period of fifteen months during which time director Alexander Nanau allowed his young subjects to film themselves, Toto and His Sisters is not just a stunt but a heartbreakingly humane achievement of intimate, firsthand nonfictional filmmaking. | Read More
Drama and Documentary
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TURN OFF THE LIGHTS

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 77 minutes
  • Directed By: Ivana Mladenovic
  • Country: Romania
After years behind bars, three young men begin to rediscover lives of aggression and excess in their raucous Roma community. Among them is Alex, a captivating figure with a disturbingly blasé attitude toward violence, women, and guilt. In this absorbing documentary, offering a rare peek into contemporary Roma culture, Alex and his fellow ex-cons reconcile the outside world with the gray-shaded areas of morality with which they all struggle. | Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Crime

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