12:08 East of Bucharest
When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism
Imported 35mm Print
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).