#weekendfilms: recommendations for March 9-11

Even though spring is a little late, we kindly advise you to take a walk to the cinema this weekend. The film options are numerous and diverse, therefore we chose three recommendations for you. But if we didn’t manage to convince you to go outside, we also have some film ideas for watching at home, together with your family or friends.

  1. Infinite football (dir: Corneliu Porumboiu; biography, documentary) – the latest film of Corneliu Porumboiu, which was selected in the Forum Section at Berlin Film Festival 2018, offers an original point of view on the sports field from a small city of Romania. The film follows the attempt of an officer to create a better version of the football game and leave it as a legacy to the world. But, is it all about football?

The film’s premiere takes place Friday, March 9th, at 8:00 PM at Cinema Peasant Museum of Bucharest.

  1. Fault Condition (dir: Cătălin Saizescu; drama) – the film is based on a true story and follows Melania, a 15-year-old high school student who gets pregnant with Emi, a classmate. Their mothers separate the two lovers and decide to give the baby up for adoption to a Romanian family living abroad. They find the ‘legal framework’ for buying the baby from Melania and her family through a corrupt clerk. Melania gave birth prematurely; the next day, in the Neonatal Intensive Care section where the baby was sent, a devastating fire occurred.

The film had its premiere on February 23rd and can be seen throughout this weekend: Friday, March 9th, at Happy Cinema, starting at 5:40 PM, Saturday, March 10th, at Happy Cinema, at 3:20 PM, and at Cinema Peasant Museum at 6:00 PM, and Sunday, March 11th, at Happy Cinema, at 3:10 PM, and at Cinema Peasant Museum at 8:25 PM.

  1. Black Panther (dir: Ryan Coogler; action) – we are sure that you have heard about the newest Marvel film, which was a really big hit in the last three weeks, since its release in the Romanian movie theatres. You probably heard a lot of opinions about the film, and in case you haven’t seen it yet, this weekend can be the perfect moment. The film tells the story of the first black super hero of comic books, Black Panther. His name is T’Challa and he is born in Wakanda, an African country isolated from the rest of the world so the corporations would not exploit the vibranium, a precious metal found in a meteorite. As the heir of the throne, he must leave Wakanda when his father is murdered. Curious what happens next? The film can be seen in almost all the multiplexes from Bucharest throughout all this weekend.

Fun facts:

  • In response to being asked what it felt like being one of the only few non-black actors on set (and sometimes the only non-black actor on set), Martin Freeman said ‘You think, <<Right, this is what black actors feel like all the time?>>’.
  • To prepare for his role, Michael B. Jordan did not interact with his colleagues, reasoning that his character Killmonger is distant and in conflict with the other characters.
  • The fighting in this film is based on African martial arts.
  • Co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, who play Nakia and M’Baku, were classmates at Yale. They saw The Avengers (2012) together when it was released, and were so impressed by it that they hoped to get a chance to star in a similar film one day.

For those who decided not to leave their houses this grey weekend, we recommend:

  1. Don’t get me wrong (dir: Adina Pintilie; documentary). Adina Pintilie returned in the spotlight thanks to her recent success at Berlinale. On this occasion we remember about her 49-minute documentary from 2006, which was made during Aristoteles Workshop and ‘traveled’ to various festivals such as Locarno, Amsterdam (IDFA), Sarajevo, Moscow, Madrid, Warsaw, Namur, Krakow and many others. The documentary presents the story of five main characters in an asylum for people with severe mental health problems.

The film can be watched for free on the online film platform CINEPUB.

  1. Dead Poets Society (dir: Peter Weir; drama). The film tells the story of a nonconformist English teacher (played by Robin Williams) who inspires his students to analyze the literature from a different perspective and embrace their feelings.

Fun facts:

  • What attracted Robin Williams to the role of John Keating more than anything else was that the professor was the type of teacher he had always wished to have in his school days.
  • When the boys show Professor Keating his old senior yearbook picture, it is, in reality, Robin Williams’s high school senior picture when he was a student at Redwood High School in Larkspur, California, north of San Francisco.
  • Director Peter Weir chose to shoot the film in chronological order to better capture the development of the relationship between the boys, and their growing respect for Mr. Keating.

The film is broadcasted on Sunday, March 11th, on TVR 2, starting at 9:40 PM.

  1. Manchester by the sea (dir: Kenneth Lonergan; drama). Lee Chandler is forced to go back home and take care of his nephew after his brother Joe dies. During the story, Lee remembers the reasons why he decided to leave Manchester and let go of the past.

The film can be seen on TV at Cinemax 2 and Cinemax 2 HD on Friday, March 9th, at 9:30 PM, and on Saturday, March 10th, starting at 12:20 PM.

Article by Romina Banu
English translation by Andreea Andrei


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