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September 2, 2017


(Dir. Cristi Puiu. 2016)

Los Angeles premiere!
Voted the best undistributed film of 2016 by Film Comment!


7:00 PM


7:30 PM


Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Writer-director  Puiu’s fifth feature plays tricks with the viewer from its elusive  start—an elaborate, extended street scene involving two testy parents  and their young daughter—to a finale three hours later that brings this  remarkably staged masterpiece to an unexpected end. In between is one of  the most sustained extended sequences in movie history: A family  memorial service/gathering for a doctor patriarch. Inside a Bucharest  apartment, a whole macrocosm of Romanian society seems to be on display,  with comedy, bitterness, paranoia, love and barely concealed anger  bouncing around the rooms. Cinematographer Barbu Balasoiu’s roaming  camera becomes like a member of the family, capable of quirks and upsets  and irony. As always, Puiu’s actors are superhuman, yet appear to be  hardly acting at all.

A great [work] by a master filmmaker.

- Mark Peranson, Cinema Scope

A stylistic tour de force presented with an almost anthropological avidity for details, as well as drolly understated wit.

- Godfrey Cheshire,

Puiu, the standard bearer of perhaps the most important film movement of the  last decade, the Romanian New Wave, again proves himself an acute social  portraitist, the Balzac of contemporary cinema.

- James Quandt, The National Post

Puiu  spins a comic, tense, and often poignant chamber film—where the  chambers host hours of prickly conversation and contain multiple  generations of hard-won experience stretching back to the Communist era.

- Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment

Brilliantly  staged, it’s a film of partial glimpses and slyly obscured information:  Rituals are anticipated and delayed, doors open and close, and the  camera hovers at thresholds and in corridors, panning quizzically left  and right. As the claustrophobia intensifies, the heated  back-and-forths—from reminiscences of the old Communist days to theories  about the present age of terror—coalesce into a pointillist portrait of  personal and social malaise.

- Dennis Lim, Artforum

(Available to download after screening date)

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