Cristina and Tudor Ionescu have founded a happy family with their two children, Maria and Ilie. He works for a phone company and she is an accountant. They are in their thirties and live in a nice apartment in a Romanian town. They live the life of an ordinary couple with their children. But one Sunday morning when Tudor takes his kids to the park, Maria disappears. Their lives abruptly change forever.
- Silver Shell for Best Actor (Bogdan Dumitrache) - San Sebastián IFF
- Best Feature Film Award - Transilvania IFF
- Special Mention - Odesa IFF
- San Sebastián Festival 2017
- Istanbul Film Festival 2018
- Les Arcs Film Festival 2017
- Göteborg Film Festival 2018
- Filmfest München 2018
- Zurich Film Festival 2017
- Odesa International Film Festival 2018
- Transilvania International Film Festival 2018
- New Horizons International Film Festival 2018
- International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
- IndieLisboa 2018
- Luxembourg City Film Festival 2018
- Bogdan Dumitrache
- Iulia Lumanare
- Costin Dogioiu
- Stefan Raus
- Adela Marghidan
- Constantin Popescu
- Liviu Marghidan
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A muscular hard-art fare that […] hits with direct emotional force" propelilng "Popescu into the upper ranks of his country’s auteurs.
Excellent performances, an obstinate rhythm and assured direction in a rare, quiet and compelling Romanian thriller.
Undoubtedly the front runner for this year’s Golden Shell.
It wouldn’t hurt if filmmakers received more support from the authorities.
Constantin Popescu wrote and directed his first short film, The Apartment, in 2004. It was selected in 15+ festivals and won several awards, including the “Gran Premio della Giuria” at Venice International Short Film Festival Circuito Off. Since then his following short films - A Lineman’s Cabin (2006), Water (2007), The Yellow Smiley Face (2008) - have participated and won at film festivals worldwide. In 2009, he directed the segment Omnibus for Christian Mungiu’s Tales from the Golden Age.
Portrait of the Fighter As A Young Man is his first feature film, which was selected as part of the Official Selection at the Berlinale Forum 2010.