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In Romanian with English subtitles
For all audiences
|It seems that Romanian director Cristi Puiu likes to turn his films into singular objects. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, the 2005 Un Certain Regard winner, was a claustrophobic and darkly comic look at Romanian red tape and inefficiency, almost in real time, while his austere and ambitious 2010 title Aurora starred the filmmaker as a man who goes about a normal day, which includes a couple of killings. His first-ever Cannes competition entry, Sieranevada, is another unique film when judged by the title, spelled as it is as one word, with only one "r" and with no tangible connection to either the similar-sounding beer or mountain ranges.
But much of what unspools in Puiu's latest will be familiar for audiences up to speed on the films of the Romanian New Wave, which the director's previous efforts have helped define, as the members of an extended family butt heads, laugh, cry and panic over a memorial meal, shot in a cramped apartment and again shown practically in real time. The good news is that it's still a top-drawer New Wave film, familiar in the best ways while offering fascinating insights into human nature, identity and foibles. Though almost three hours long, committed art house fans are sure to be responsive, with the feature's undercurrent of black humor as well as Puiu's reputation very marketable assets.
Boyd van Hoeij / The Hollywood Reporter
Director: Cristi Puiu
Cristi Puiu (born in 1967) is one of Romania’s most internationally acclaimed directors. He especially well-known for his films The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu (2005) and Aurora (2010, EC). Sieranevada was also Romania’s nominee for the 2017 Oscars.
|Screenplay: Cristi Puiu
Cast: Mimi Brănescu, Dana Dogaru, Sorin Medeleni, Ana Ciontea, Judith State, Marin Grigore
Production: Anca Puiu / Mandragora
Sales: Elle Driver