Charleston
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    Charleston

    Directed by

    Romania, France

    2017

    119 min

    • Romanian

    Drama

    A couple of weeks after the fatal car crash of his wife, Ioana, Alexandru is drunk and alone as he celebrates his 42th birthday. He receives an unexpected visit from Sebastian, a shy and younger man, who had been Ioana’s lover for the past five months. Sebastian wants Alexandru to help him overcome the despair caused by the woman’s death.

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    Cast
    Serban Pavlu
    Radu Iacoban
    Victor Rebengiuc
    Adrian Titieni
    Dorian Boguta
    Ana Ciontea
    Gabriela Popescu
    Gavril Patru
    Cinematography
    Barbu Balasoiu
    Editing
    Andrei Cretulescu
    Music
    Massimiliano Nardulli
    Sales
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    Production
    ICON PRODUCTION

    Press

    It’s fairly rare for a Romanian film to have such large audience potential.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    The film’s versatility may be its biggest strength.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    [Charleston] proves that Romanian cinema is ready to explore new styles and genres.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    Andrei Creţulescu

    Andrei Creţulescu

    Romania

    Somebody once said that the best way to write a film review is to make a film. I became a film critic because I loved watching, analyzing and understanding film. In a sense, when I'm directing, I'm doing the same thing.

    Born in 1974 in Romania, Andrei Cretulescu is a former film critic and creative producer for HBO Romania. After launching Kinosseur Productions in 2011, he directed several short films including KOWALSKI (2014), a 17-minute short film with continuous dialogue and a zero camera movement, shot in one take, and RAMONA (2015), which won the Canal+ award in Cannes, a Gothic, choreographic, seventies-inspired genre film without dialogue, led by an explosive blond heroine. His first feature film, CHARLESTON (2017), premiered in Locarno’s Main Competition and was presented in many other film festivals.

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