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#weekendfilms: Recommendations for July 20-22nd

We have prepared for you only Romanian films (new and old) for this weekend. As per usual, we have three film suggestions which should not be missed in the cinemas and another three for home, which can be seen online or are broadcasted on TV.


1. Procesul (dir. Claudiu Mitcu; documentary) – Ileana Bîrsan and Claudiu Mitcu document the case of Mihai Moldoveanu, a former Romanian army officer sentenced to 25 years of prison for a crime he claims he did not commit. The documentary follows Mihai Moldoveanu after the provisional release and focuses on re-examining the case and the consequences of the new sentence, giving the spectator the role of a juryman in a complicated and controversial case.

The film is scheduled on Friday at Cinema Peasant Museum, starting at 6:00 PM, Saturday at Cinema Elvire Popesco, at 2:00 PM and Sunday, again at Cinema Peasant Museum, at 4:30 PM.

2. The Sentries (dir. Liviu Marghidan; family) is the perfect film that can be watched with the entire family. 19 kids are in a mountain camp together with two supervisors, Florentina and Vasile. When little Radu is lost in the woods, the entire team (including his younger sister) start imagining several SF scenarios about Radu. But, he finds unexpected help.

The film can be seen during the entire weekend at Movieplex Cinema (Plaza Bucharest). More details can be found here.

3. Charleston (dir. Andrei Crețulescu; drama) – the film is a bitter-sweet story of a weird love triangle, formed of two men and a woman whom both of them lost. A couple of weeks after his wife Ioana dies in a car crash, drunk and alone on the night he turns 42, Alexandru receives a strange visit: Sebastian has been Ioana’s lover for the past five months.

If you want to find out more about this story, you should definitely read the June interview with Andrei Crețulescu, where Andrei also told us about how he became a director and the things that intrigue him.

Charleston can be seen on Sunday, at Cinema Elvire Popesco, starting at 8:15 PM.

Film recommendations for a relaxed weekend spent at home:

  1. Europolis (dir. Cornel Gheorghiță; drama). As you already know, we start our recommendations with a film on the CinePUB platform. Awarded with the Special Jury Mention at Montréal Festival des Films du Monde in 2010, Europolis is one of those rare Romanian films which creates a powerful atmosphere of magic realism, being inspired by the fantastic prose of Mircea Eliade. When the communists took the power in Romania, Luca fled his small home town in the Danube Delta. He has one dying wish: to be buried in the town he was born.

The film can be seen online on CinePUB.

  1. Self-portrait of a Dutiful Daughter (dir. Ana Lungu; drama, family). Cristiana is a 30-year-old woman, from a “proper”, bourgeois middle-class family. Her time is split between writing her PhD in Earthquake Engineering, conversations with Alex and Michelle, her two close friends and occasional, eagerly awaited rendezvous with Dan, a married man with whom she is romantically involved. After her parents move out of the apartment, she plans to live by herself. This Romanian film explores with delicacy the process of becoming both a woman and an adult of a girl who was overprotected by her parents.

To discover more details about this film, we recommend you to read the film review written by Andrei Petrescu exclusively for ADFR.

The film will be broadcasted on THV on Saturday, July 21st, at 11:30 PM.

  1. The Japanese Dog (directed by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu/drama). We encourage you to watch the film that was selected to represent Romania at the 87thedition of the Oscar Awards (2015) for the Best Foreign Film category. The production also won Best Film Prize at Warsaw International Film Festival and Victor Rebenciuc received the Gopo Trophy for Best Leading Actor in a feature film in 2014.

The film treats in a delicate and tender way the subject of family reconciliation. The action follows old Costache Moldu who lost his wife, house and fortune because of a flood. The unexpected return of his son Ticu from Japan, together with his wife and child, will put them in a situation in which they must learn again how to talk to each other and become a family again.

The film can be seen on Friday, July 20th, on Cinemaraton, starting at 3:00 PM.

Article by Romina Banu
English translation by Andreea Andrei

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