Afterimage: Corneliu Porumboiu

November 8–16, 2018

The Romanian filmmaker who has been called “one of our great contemporary observers of the human comedy” (Variety) visits BAMPFA to present and discuss his work.

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  • 12:08 East of Bucharest

  • The Treasure

  • Police, Adjective

  • When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism

  • Infinite Football

  • Upcoming
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Upcoming Films

  • When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism

    Corneliu Porumboiu
    Romania, 2013

    Imported 35mm Print

    • Friday, November 16 7 PM

    Continuing his very particular parsing of language and politics—here, the politics are cinematic—Porumboiu follows a film director rehearsing the details of a nude scene with his lead actress.

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Past Films

  • Infinite Football

    • Sunday, November 11 3:30 PM
    Corneliu Porumboiu
    Romania, 2017

    Perhaps the purest expression of one of Porumboiu’s favorite themes, rules vs. freedom, Infinite Football documents an unassuming bureaucrat with a unique extracurricular passion: attempting to revolutionize the rules of football.

    Corneliu Porumboiu in Person

  • 12:08 East of Bucharest

    • Saturday, November 10 5:30 PM
    Corneliu Porumboiu
    Romania, 2006

    A provincial TV talk show turns into a battle over the history of the Romanian revolution in Porumboiu’s hilarious allegory, winner of Cannes’ Caméra d’Or.

    Corneliu Porumboiu and Mona Nicoară in Conversation

  • Police, Adjective

    • Friday, November 9 7 PM
    Corneliu Porumboiu
    Romania, 2009

    The Wire in Romania; Serpico with a thesaurus: a beat cop tails a teenage pot smoker around town, and engages his superiors in verbal battles about law, language, and justice. “Extraordinary” (Variety).

    Corneliu Porumboiu and Mona Nicoară in Conversation

  • The Treasure

    • Thursday, November 8 7:30 PM
    Corneliu Porumboiu
    Romania, 2015

    Two cash-strapped neighbors rent a metal detector to search for treasure that may or may not be buried at one’s family home in this disarming, deadpan parable on bureaucracy, hope, and unearthing the past. “A movie that lives up to its name” (New York Times).

    Corneliu Porumboiu in Person