April 5th, 2020, 3 PM
Forum Cinema, 5 Legionowa Street
tickets: 8 PLN
Andrei Gruzsniczki’s sophomore feature, set in the mid-1980s and handsomely shot on black-and-white film, takes a progressively involving look at two academics who have run afoul of Romania’s secret service. While comparisons will be made to The Lives of Others, this film takes a very different approach, distinguished by quiet characterization.
Not only the physical elements of mid-1980s Romania are captured in Andrei Gruzsniczki’s sophomore feature, but also the intangible atmosphere of cautionary hope, fear, and betrayal that permeated that society. Handsomely shot on black-and-white film, the story concerns two academics who have run afoul of the Securitate (Romania’s secret service). After mathematician Sorin Parvu (Sorin Leoveanu) sends an article about a new theorem to an American journal without going through the proper authorities, the Securitate classifies him as “an individual who maintains deceitful relations with people in foreign states,” and an investigator (Florin Piersic Jr.) is put on the case to dig around. While comparisons will be made to The Lives of Others, this film takes a very different approach, distinguished by quiet characterization. And yet, the sense of fateful compromise slowly builds, while a late scene at the airport is bursting with tension.
The screening will take place as part of the literary festival “On the Borderland of Cultures” organized by the Sąsiedzi Foundation.