3/21/2020

The Death of Mr Lazarescu

The Romanians: 30 Years of Cinema Revolution

3/21/2020 | 3:00 PM

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The film that for many people signaled the emergence of the new Romanian cinema, Cristi Puiu’s second feature was the revelation of Cannes 2005, where it took top prize in the Un Certain Regard section. A sardonic, darkly humorous, compulsively vibrant feature, The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu seems so realistic and convincing, unfolding as though in real time, that it’s hard to believe it was acted. As it follows an ailing retired engineer, too fond of booze, who gets carted from one overtaxed Bucharest hospital to another in search of proper medical care, a whole stressed society is laid bare: Each doctor, nurse, paramedic, and patient leaps into view with sharp individuality and articulate self-defensiveness. Compassion and indifference clash, often within the same person. The fluid, mobile camera recalls the great works of Fred Wiseman and John Cassavetes. The talented and gorgeous Luminița Gheorghiu, who plays the Good Samaritan nurse, was named Best Supporting Actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. (Cristi Puiu, Romania, 2005, 154 min.) In Romanian 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