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CANNES FESTIVAL – Cornel Porumboiu’s “La Gomera” (“The Whistlers”)

This film is competing for the Palme D'Or

Despite its non-chronological narrative and slightly-convoluted plot Corneliu Porumboiu’s new film “La Gomera” is a winner. It’s a film noir with a femme fatale, murders and a morally-questionable hero. “Gomera” references “The Maltese Falcon,” and has one scene that looks like a first take from “Psycho.” Add to this a mattress full of cash, a pious mother and scenes from the Singapore's Garden ... more >

Police, Adjective

A police officer has a crisis of faith
Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov and Irina Saulescu
Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu

Have you ever said that you would pay to watch your favorite actor read the dictionary? Well if you happen to be Romanian, now you can! Not only that – the dictionary happens to be one of the more action-packed sequences of Police-Adjective. Forced to read the definition of “police” after objecting to an assignment, the detective notes that it describes a form of story with drama and suspense. ... more >

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Film won the Palme D'Or in 2007 and a number of other awards after that
Anamaria Marinca, Vlad Ivanov and Laura Vasiliu
Directed by Cristian Mungiu

In “4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days” ("4 luni, 3 saptamini si 2 zile" in the Romanian original), director Cristian Mungiu illustrates the difficulties faced by Romanians with a story about a black market abortion. Without conceit or a message being passed on, we become witnesses to how an average life in Romania can be affected by daily pressures under Ceaucescu’s Romania and how mundane goals like ... more >