Ilie's relatives are concerned since, for no apparent reason, he acts as if he's been given tranquillisers. Ambition, desires or dreams? None of the above. Although not quite; Ilie yearns for a small orchard where he can escape from the world. His lack of zest for life is also reflected in his job as a village policeman. There he’s highly popular since he allows corruption and black-market dealings to flourish without asking for much in return; apart from the garden, of course. But when the village leaders go too far and unexpectedly murder an opponent the comic tragedy begins to take its course. Drawing on the example of a small village, Paul Negoescu laconically illustrates the consequences of years of turning a blind eye to long-existing problems, a weakness from which the Romanian state apparatus has long suffered; and treats us, towards the film’s end, to one of the most grotesque shootout scenes in film history.
Text: Jörg Taszman
English: Peter Rickerby
Stadthalle: Original version with English subtitles + German simultaneous translation.
Weltspiegel Saal 2: Original version with English subtitles
Radu Romaniuc, Oana Tudor
Iulian Postelnicu – Ilie / Vasile Muraru – Mayor Constantion / Anghel Damian – Vali
/ Crina Semciuc – Cristina / Daniel Busuioc – Priest Iordan
Poli Angelova (Screeing Emotions)
Paul Negoescu - Born in 1984, Paul Negoescu, studied film directing at the national film school in Bucharest. His short films were selected in many international festivals (Semaine de la Critique, Berlinale). His debut film "A month in Thailand" premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2012, while his second feature, "Two Lottery Tickets" became one of the most successful Romanian film at the bos office. "The Story of a Summer Lover", his 3rd feature, was distributed by Netflix in over 30 territories.