4 Romanian films after ’89

Al doilea joc (The Second Game, Corneliu Porumboiu, 2014). As its countless layers masterfully pile up, I find myself most intimidated by its quest for intimacy and the way in which it strips bare merely through sound a a father-son relationship. The first’s attempt to find out the truth and the second’s elusiveness in permitting it, while the beauty of the old video images of a football game covered in snow is mesmerizing and  past and present collide in the most simple, innovative, brilliant of ways.

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Ionaș visează că plouă (Ionaș Dreams of Rain, Dragoș Hanciu, 2017), which osccilates between documentary and fiction, reality and dream.

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Aurora (Cristi Puiu, 2010), a film utterly concerned with offscreen space, deathly sins, and, as its maker claims, with Rohmer

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Tara moarta (The Dead Nation, Radu Jude, 2017), a film that takes place in its omissions and gaps

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