Rafael and Cristina are two people that were never supposed to meet. He is 19, Gypsy, works in a car-wash and wants to make it big as a boxer; he lives with his grandfather, and he is about to have a breakthorugh as an athlete. She is 34, Hungarian, actress in the local theater, married, and goes through a professional and personal crisis; her husband is the star of the theater ensemble and it seems that she has been living in his shadow for a while. Without knowing each other, Rafael follows Cristina every day, on the cobblestone streets of an old provincial town. She knows it and enjoys the attention. One time, she turns back and they face each other. The following day, he looks her in the eyes and asks: “If you hadn’t been married, would you have married me?” From that moment on, there is no way back for neither of them. Two different destinies, two different worlds facing different dilemmas. Despite their ages, Rafael and Cristina share the same desperate need to prove themselves. In their own way, with blood and tears on one side, deep silences and discreet smiles on the other, Rafael and Cristina will learn to deal with adulthood and compromise.
- FIPRESCI Award - Karlovy Vary IFF
- Rafael Florea
- Hilda Péter
- Nicolae Motrogan
- Sorin Leoveanu
- Narcis Romulus Dobrin
- Orlando Chirvase
- Maria Fekete
- Florin Şerban
- Marius Panduru
- Eugen Kelemen
The beginnings had always been fascinating to me. The propedeutics, the silent looks, the greetings, and the mating rituals. Here, I wanted to bring together two people from very different social backgrounds, different educa - tion and different age. I put these people face to face and then I stepped aside and just try to follow the discreet, intimate rhythm of their interactions. Working on this film was, from the very beginning, like a dance rather than anything else. It was like a tango where there are intense moments, moments of breathing, waiting, watching, and then clashing again. As in life, the big - gest challenge in this movie was not to impose, but to carefully observe the reality, to smoothly follow it, and to grasp it before it would vanish. BOX is the result of this dance.
- THE MATCH FACTORY
It is an interesting and intriguing exploration of two seemingly very different vocations, but it is also a touching love story.
I can’t wait to get old and make movies like Ozu
Born in Resita, Romania in 1975, Florin Serban studied Philosophy and Hermeneutics and worked as a news reporter for various TV stations. He graduated with a master degree and then entered the film directing program at the National University for Theater and Film, Romania. During his film studies he wrote and directed short films, commercials, and tv shows for the biggest Romanian commercial televison. Florin Serban was then accepted into the film directing program at Columbia University, where he was awarded numerous scholarships and fellowships and taught Theory and History of Film.
At the Berlinale 2010 his feature debut, IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE. took the Grand Prize of the Jury and the Alfred Bauer Prize for innovation in cinema. BOX (2015), his second feature effort, screened at Karlovy Vary IFF. At present he is developing his next feature, while working as director and coordinating professor at The Acting School in Bucharest.