Streaming Spotlight: Romanian Cinema

A four-film sampler of twenty-first-century Romanian cinema: Cristi Puiu’s slacker thriller Stuff and Dough, Radu Muntean’s chronicle of revolutionary chaos The Paper Will Be Blue, Alexandru Solomon’s sardonic meta-movie The Great Communist Bank Robbery, and Lucian Pintilie’s family tragicomedy Niki and Flo.

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  • Stuff and Dough

  • The Paper Will Be Blue

  • The Great Communist Bank Robbery

  • Niki and Flo

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  • Niki and Flo

    Lucian Pintilie
    Romania, France, 2003

    Politics, pride, and parenthood collide in the great Lucian Pintilie’s portrait of incompatible in-laws, “a mordant almost-comedy that represents a bridge—and also a battle—between the old Romania and the new” (New York Times).

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  • Stuff and Dough

    Cristi Puiu
    Romania, 2001

    A hopeful young entrepreneur decides to raise money by delivering an unknown package in this deadpan road movie, inspired by Jarmusch’s Down by Law. The debut film by the director of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

     

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  • The Great Communist Bank Robbery

    Alexandru Solomon
    Romania, France, 2004

    This sardonic, elegantly constructed documentary is “a bizarre recreation of a crime of which the motive is still difficult to fathom and an astonishing evocation of a lost world of Romanian Stalinism” (BBC).

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  • The Paper Will Be Blue

    Radu Muntean
    Romania, 2006

    A clueless tank crew wanders Bucharest’s chaotic streets on the night that Ceauşescu falls in Radu Muntean’s wry, humanist portrait of historic times.

     

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