Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘Long Goodbye’ (1971) by Kira Muratova

This tender story of a mother overbearing love for her son and his attempts to escape her stifling embrace remains a little-known masterpiece by Ukrainian filmmaker Kira Muratova.  The inability of mother and son to communicate and the mother’s increasingly hysterical struggle for emotional dignity so outraged the censors on its release, that like many…

Julia Secklehner | 17/05/2018

Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘We’ll Live Til Monday’ (1968) by Stanislav Rostotsky

Filmed the same year as the Prague Spring, Stanislav Rostotsky’s bittersweet comedy is an elegant meditation on rebellion. High school history teacher Melnikov is torn between following the hide-bound rules of the school and his natural warmth of feeling towards his students and former pupil, young English teacher Natalya. When the students are asked to…

Julia Secklehner | 09/05/2018
Serban Pavlu, Radu Iacoban © Versatile

ROFILMFEST Review: Charleston (Cretulescu, 2017) – ‘a visual and emotional delight’


Ioana’s in a coffee shop taking a call, she leaves in a hurry and then disappears around a corner.  There’s a screech of brakes and the sound of a collision. Subsequently, we see a man at a graveside leaving flowers.  A few weeks after his wife’s buried, the man, Alexandru, turns 42.  Alone in his apartment…

Alison Miller | 30/04/2018

ROFILMFEST REVIEW: Ana, Mon Amour (Netzer, 2017)


The advertising material played before the start of Ana Mon Amour said Romania couldn’t make bad movies. Although tongue in cheek, it shows the confidence of the Romanian New Wave that’s enjoyed a sustainable wind for some time now.Ana Mon Amour is one of the latest offerings of this movement – and the film’s director…

Camelia Ciobanu | 25/04/2018

ROMANIAN FILM FESTIVAL: ‘Charleston’ (Cretulescu, 2017) + Q&A

A bizarre love triangle between two men and the woman they both lost. Director: Andrei Cretulescu Stars: Serban Pavlu, Radu Iacoban, Victor Rebengiuc Part of a very strong contingent of debut feature-length films expected from Romania, Andrei Creţulescu’s “Charleston” is proof that local cinema continues striving to explore new genres and styles. Screening followed by…

Julia Secklehner | 22/04/2018

ROMANIAN FILM FESTIVAL: ‘Marita’ (Iftime, 2017) + Q&A

There comes a time when the stories told by your parents cannot put you to sleep anymore. Director: Cristi Iftime Stars: Alexandru Potocean, Adrian Titieni, Lucian Iftime “Marita” won FEDEORA East of the West Special Jury Prize in Karlovy Vary <<Part character study, part road movie, “Marita” paints a complex portrait of a typical Eastern…

Julia Secklehner | 21/04/2018

ROMANIAN FILM FESTIVAL: ‘Ana, mon Amour’ (Netzer, 2017) + Q&A

Toma and Ana meet as students in the literature faculty, and quickly fall in love. Director: Calin Peter Netzer Stars: Diana Cavallioti, Mircea Postelnicu, Carmen Tanase Following up his 2013 Golden Bear winner “Child’s Pose” with this Silver Bear–winning entry (for outstanding artistic contribution), Calin Peter Netzer’s latest, “Ana, mon amour”, delivers a deep analysis…

Julia Secklehner | 20/04/2018

ROMANIAN FILM FESTIVAL: ‘Breaking News’ (Rugina, 2017) + Q&A

A psychological journey of redemption that turns into a coming-of-age experience for a 35-year-old famous news reporter who, in a crucial moment of his life, discovers that things have somehow taken a wrong turn. Director: Iulia Rugina Stars: Andi Vasluianu, Voica Oltean, Ioana Flora, Oxana Moravec The film touches themes like parenthood and father figures,…

Julia Secklehner | 19/04/2018