3/20/2020

Snail's Senator

The Romanians: 30 Years of Cinema Revolution

3/20/2020 | 7:00 PM

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Senator Vîrtosu (Dorel Vișan) spends the weekend at a guesthouse formerly owned by the Communist Party, where in true Communist tradition, he’s presented with gifts from its employees and petitions from the local villagers. But his relaxing weekend is disrupted by a crew of Swiss journalists filming in the area. Vîrtosu cooperates with them, trying to make sure the reporters present his country favorably, while of course hiding certain details from them. This Cannes competition entry reframes Daneliuc's 1980 The Cruise against the backdrop of a society in transition and adds apocalyptic and Dostoevskian accents to the depravity and penance of the main villain—the Communist Party activist turned member of a democratic parliament. Daneliuc’s film is a fierce political satire that thankfully doesn’t concern itself with delivering a positive image of Romania. (Mircea Daneliuc, Romania, 1995, 112 min.) In Romanian and French with English subtitles

 

The Romanians: 30 Years of Cinema Revolution

A retrospective initiated by the Making Waves Film Festival & Cinema Projects

Originated at Film Forum New York (Nov 15-26, 2019)

Produced by Corina Șuteu and Oana Radu

Curated by Mihai Chirilov, Corina Șuteu, and David Schwartz (Cinema Projects)

With the support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Romanian Filmmakers Union, Dacin Sara and the Romanian National Film Center, Blue Heron Foundation and numerous individual donors