Eastern Europe, 1835. Two riders cross a barren landscape in the middle of Wallachia. They are the gendarme Costandin and his son. Together they are searching for a 'gypsy slave' who has run away from his nobleman master and is suspected of having an affair with the noble's wife. Whilst the unflappable Costandin comments on every situation with a cheery aphorism, his son takes a more contemplative view of the world. On their odyssey they encounter people of different nationalities and beliefs: Turks and Russians, Christians and Jews, Romanians and Hungarians. Each harbours prejudices against the others which have been passed down from generation to generation. And even when the 'slave' Carfin is found, the adventure is far from over ... A moving parable about late-feudal Europe developed from historical documents and songs: its power structures and hierarchies, people's idea of themselves and others, interaction with minorities and the resulting conflicts. A Balkan Western in black-and-white which brings the cacophony of the times strikingly to life and explores the thematic arcs which stretch into the present.
- Special Mention (Balkans Competition) - Sofia IFF
- Silver Bear for Best Director (Ex Aequo) - Berlin IFF
- Grand Prize City of Lisbon, Distribution Award - IndieLisboa
- Best Cinematography - Namur IFF
- FIPRESCI Award - Miskolc IFF
- Teodor Corban
- Mihai Comanoiu
- Cuzin Toma
- Alexandru Dabija
- Luminita Gheorghiu
- Victor Rebengiuc
- Alberto Dinache
- Mihaela Sirbu
- Alexandru Bindea
- Adina Cristescu
- Radu Jude
- Marius Panduru
- Catalin Cristutiu
- Radu Jude
- Florin Lazarescu
- BETA CINEMA
- HI FILM PRODUCTIONS
An exceptional, deeply intelligent gaze at a key historical period, with significant ramifications for today.
Romania's answer to 12 Years a Slave is surprisingly, savagely funny.
Romanian director Radu Jude's follow-up to "Everybody in Our Family" is a feudal black comedy about people trapped by the racist temperaments of their time.
I think that cinema has this quality, to see things from a certain distance, a quality which can offer to a viewer the possibility of looking at something told in an objective way and to form his/her own opinion
Radu Jude (1977, Romania) directed a series of short films, The Tube with a Hat (2006, winner of the Short Filmmaking Award at 2007 Sundance) and Alexandra (2007). His debut feature, The Happiest Girl in the World (2009), was awarded the CICAE prize in the Berlinale Forum and was selected for over fifty film festivals. The film was released in cinemas in France, UK, Austria and Spain. His second feature film, Everybody in Our Family (2012), premiered in the Berlinale Forum, and received the Heart of Sarajevo FF Award, amongst others. His latest short films, Shadow of a Cloud (2013) and It Can Pass through the Wall (2014), were selected in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. The latter was awarded a Special Mention. World premiered in the 2015 Berlinale Competition, Jude’s third feature Aferim! was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director, Best Film and the Distribution Award at IndieLisboa, and has been at over sixty festivals. Also, Aferim! represents Romania for the Foreign Language Academy Award.