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Corneliu Porumboiu

The Second Game
(Al Doilea Joc)

Romania 2014
In Romanian / English subtitles
97 min
Suitable for all audicences

Corneliu Porumboiu, perhaps the most intellectually oriented of Romania's new wave directors, has been going off on unpredictable artistic tangents ever since 12:08 East of Bucharest won the Camera d'Or at Cannes. His droll vision of what film can be reaches an amusing new level in The Second Game, a movie with no camerawork or editor, just the uncut footage of a 1988 Romanian soccer game aired on national TV. He dialogues with his father, who was the match's referee, in the offscreen soundtrack. Who is playing? Steaua is the Army team, hand-picked by Valentin Ceausescu, son of the reigning dictator; Dinamo is the Secret Police team. Nice face-off.

Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Production: Marcela Ursu / 42 Km Film
Print: 42 Km Film