Romanian movies you should not miss - first part
Romanian cinema has started to become well known abroad after numerous movies directed by Romanians and produced locally received awards at international film festivals. Romania-insider.com starts a series presenting must-see Romanian movies released after the fall of communism. This week we are looking at ten of the most recent Romanian movies you should not miss. (watch trailers below; follow movie title link to read more about the movie on the Internet Movie database - IMDb)
directed by Radu Muntean, 2010; Paul Hanganu loves two women. Adriana his wife and the mother of their daughter, the woman with whom he's shared the thrills of the past ten years, and Raluca the woman who has made him redefine himself. He has to leave one of them before Christmas.
directed by Florin Serban, 2010; Two weeks before his release, a teenage prisoner learns that his mother has returned home. Meanwhile, he finds himself in love with a student working in the penitentiary as an intern.
Awarded at the Berlin Film Festival
directed by Radu Mihaileanu, 2009; comedy about a group of Russia musicians who go to Paris to perform in the place of the current Bolshoi orchestra;
Nominated and awarded at the Cezar Awards in France
directed by Cristian Mungiu, Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Constantin Popescu, Ioana Uricariu, 2009; an unconventional personal history of the late Communist period in Romania.
directed by Cristian Mungiu, 2007; Drama about a woman who assists her friend to arrange an illegal abortion in 1980's Romania.
Cannes- awarded movie, another 23 wins and 19 nominations at international films abroad
directed by Radu Muntean, 2006; Out of enthusiasm, a Militia soldier abandons his platoon and decides to fight for the cause of the Revolution. His Lieutenant and the rest of the crew look for him during the confused night of 22-23 December 1989.
directed by Catalin Mitulescu, 2006; In the communist era, in Romania, people live with hope of a new life, in freedom.
Awarded at Cannes Film Festival and at the Valladolid International Film festival
directed by Cristi Puiu, 2005; Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives the doctor decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him to another hospital and then yet another... As the night unfolds and they can't find a hospital for Mr. Lazarescu, his health starts to deteriorate fast.
23 international awards and 6 nominations
directed by Cristian Mungiu, 2002; a comedy about a couple of young Romanians who dream of leaving the country, pursuing the mirage of happiness
directed by Nae Caranfil, 2002; Ovidiu, a high-school teacher looking for an extra buck, finds an unexpected way to earn easy money.
Received four international awards
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