Section: Spotlight: Ukraine



Bogdan George Apetri
RO/CZ/LV , , 118 Min

A stunning reinterpretation of the crime genre in two harrowing episodes. One tells of the beautiful Cristina, a 19-year-old nun who becomes the victim of a crime. The other follows Inspector Marius as he tries to reconstruct the crime. In doing so, he loses himself in his imagination and ultimately finds himself playing a dangerous game.

It's still early in the morning when nun Cristina furtively rushes into town in a taxi. Though not permitted to do so, a sister helps her and slips her a mobile phone. Cristina would appear to be hiding a big secret as she wanders around town looking for a man she can't find. Still not able to do so, she returns home and becomes the victim of a crime. Thus we have a crime thriller. At which point however director Bogdan George Apetri is only really getting started. Inspector Marius tries to get to the bottom of the case and yet the narrative threads blur with his imagination: What is reality? Who is the perpetrator? Who is the victim? The images of Romanian star cinematographer Oleg Mutu are captured with virtuosity. Add to these the outstanding performances delivered by the cast, centred around Ioana Bugarin and Emanuel Parvu, and the end result is an enigmatic masterpiece reminiscent of all-time classics, one that caused a sensation at last year’s Venice Film Festival.


Weltspiegel: original version with english subtitles

Text: Joshua Jádi

Bogdan George Apetri
Oleg Mutu
Mārtiņš Rozentāls
Bogdan George Apetri
Mihaela Poenaru
Ioana Bugarin, Emanuel Parvu, Cesar Antal
Bogdan George Apetri / Oana Iancu
The East Company Productions
Aija Bērziņa, Viktor Schwarcz
Bogdan George Apetri

Bogdan George Apetri - Bogdan George Apetri is a Romanian filmmaker, born on February 2, 1976 in Piatra Neamt. In 2010,he directed Periferic (Outbound). The film screened and won awards at prestigious festivals (Locarno, Toronto, Warsaw, Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, Thessaloniki, Viennale). In 2019 he directed Neidentificat (Unidentified), which won the Special Jury Prize at the Warsaw International Film Festival. Miracol (Miracle) is his third feature film. As a producer working in the US, Bogdan produced many films that won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, were selected at Cannes and other major festivals and were distributed around the world.He teaches Directing at Columbia University in New York.

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