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  • 3 movie recommendations: Ada Solomon

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  • (Română) Back Stories: Victoria Raileanu

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  • Back Stories: Ana Drăghici și Paul Negoescu

  • June’s Trailer Recommendations

    “Purtata fetelor”, the Romanian traditional girls’ processional walking dance from Căpâlna village, playing on the soundtrack of a superhero blockbuster’s trailer? Now we’ve seen everything. Our list of recommendations for this month includes five titles showing at the Transilvania International Film Festival (June 17-26, Cluj-Napoca), but also the hottest upcoming Netflix series.

    From TIFF.21
    The Passengers of the Night (drama, dir. Mikhaël Hers)

    In 2018, Mikhaël Hers made a splash with Amanda, awarded in Venice and considered one of the most touching films of the year. In 2022, Hers attempts the same with The Passengers of the Night and now he has the expressive Charlotte Gainsbourg by his side, starring here as Elizabeth, a housewife left by her husband who tries to start over. A job on a night-time radio show and meeting a troubled teenager will teach the heroine that it only takes time and an open mind to learn that what seemed like losing her family could be an opportunity for self-discovery.

    Cool Fact: French star Emmanuelle Béart plays Elizabeth’s boss.

    Coming out in cinemas on September 16.

    The Good Boss (comedy, dir. Fernando León de Aranoa)

    We all know that “better is the enemy of good”, but there are few films that explore this old saying in a more comical way than The Good Boss, a comedy for which director and screenwriter Fernando León de Aranoa teams up again with Javier Bardem two decades after their first mega-hit, Mondays in the Sun. Bardem is Blanco, the owner of a successful family-run business, which makes him feel that he deserves the award for excellence granted to local businesses. And just when everything needs to be perfect, there is trouble at every turn, and Blanco will have to resort to more and more crazy and desperate solutions in order not to ruin his dream. And something tells us that he will learn a lesson as hard as it is necessary…

    Cool Fact: Highly praised by both audiences and critics, The Good Boss has won six Goya Awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

    Coming out in cinemas on November 4.

    Alcarràs (drama, dir. Carla Simón)

    In 2017, Catalan director Carla Simón was making her debut with Summer 1993 (also presented at TIFF), which ended up winning over 40 international awards, including Best Debut at Berlinale. In Alcarràs, Simón revisits the topic of loss, approached in her first film, but completely changes the context: instead of the little girl who loses her parents, we now have a family in danger of losing their livelihood. Peach farmers for generations, the members of the Solé family find out that the owner of the land where they have their orchard wants to install solar panels instead. The news is a major blow to the family and they all must face the threat that the future will be different from everything they knew before.

    Cool Fact: The main cast of this Berlinale Golden Bear-winner is made up of non-professional actors and it’s their first experience in front of the camera.

    Coming out in cinemas on July 15.

    Happening (drama, dir. Audrey Diwan)

    Audrey Diwan’s film won the Golden Lion and the FIPRESCI Award last year at the Venice Film Festival, but probably more interesting for Romanian moviegoers is the fact that the film stars Romanian actress Anamaria Vartolomei, who won the César Award for Most Promising Actress for her performance. Vartolomei plays Anne, a student who is keen on finishing her studies, aware that a college degree is crucial for having a better future. But Anne gets pregnant, and because the story takes place in 1960s France, abortion is illegal. The film explores not only the difficult choice Anne has to make but also its consequences.

    Cool Fact: Also showing at TIFF is Call Jane, a film that presents a similar reality happening in the same period, this time in the United States.

    Coming out in cinemas on June 24.

    Pam & Tommy (biographical drama miniseries, created by Robert Siegel)

    The miniseries is available in Romania on the recently launched streaming platform, Disney+, but audiences at TIFF can see the first two episodes in the increasingly popular section dedicated to TV series, Coming Up Next. In 1995, Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee got married just four days after they met and soon shocked the whole world after making a sex tape, which ended up in the wrong hands. Creator Robert Siegel takes the opportunity to discuss generous topics such as invasion of privacy, the trappings of fame, and last but not least, the rise of the Internet, with all its advantages and disadvantages.

    Cool Fact: Romanian-born actor Sebastian Stan plays Tommy Lee, in one of the most promising roles of his career.

    Super-fresh
    1899 (mystery-horror series, created by Baran bo Odar & Jantje Friese)

    If you haven’t seen Dark yet, the German superhit on Netflix, it’s time to do it, because this project by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese immediately became one of the most commented series of the last decade. The creators are back this fall with 1899, a new mystery series (don’t get frustrated if the teaser doesn’t say much), whose action takes place on a transatlantic ship in 1899. The ship full of emigrants from all walks of life whose dream is a better life in America will come across a boat drifting on the waters of the Pacific. We don’t know more details at this time, but rumor has it that the encounter between the two ships will lead to horror experiences for all involved.

    Cool Fact: 1899 stars German actor Andreas Pietschmann, who also appeared in Dark, and the lead female role is played by Emily Beecham, who moved effortlessly from the sci-fi martial arts series Into the Badlands to Little Joe, the film that got her the Best Actress award at Cannes in 2019.

    Set to premiere on Netflix in Autumn/Winter 2022.

    Guilty Pleasure & Super-fresh
    Black Adam (superhero film, dir. Jaume Collet-Serra)

    You might think that antiheroes should be more captivating than superheroes, for the simple reason that they can take greater liberties in choosing to go either good or dark side. Unfortunately, recent films (especially Venom 2 and Morbius) have failed to honor this freedom of choice, so now we’re hoping that Black Adam will restore the antihero’s potential on the big screen. Played by Dwayne Johnson, Black Adam got his extraordinary powers from the Egyptian gods 5,000 years ago but was soon imprisoned after that. Released in our time, the hero wants to clear his name, but his choices are often rather questionable and sometimes deadly to ordinary people …

    Cool Fact: The song on the soundtrack, Murder to Excellence by Kanye West and Jay Z, includes a sample from the Romanian folkloric dance “Purtata fetelor de la Căpâlna”.

    Coming out in cinemas on October 21.

    Nope (science fiction, horror, dir. Jordan Peele)

    Wait, are those really aliens? When American movies often have the complexity of a children’s stories, Jordan Peele never hesitates to knock out the audience’s expectations with his unclassifiable films. After Get Out and Us, the history seems to repeat itself with his latest effort, Nope, which follows two siblings (Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer) who are in for a shock when their father is killed by random objects falling from the sky. It isn’t long before an unidentified (and apparently lethal) flying object enters the scene, and the two siblings think that if they capture video evidence of the UFO and then sell it, they will become rich. But things are far from being that simple.

    Cool Fact: The script written by Peele promotes a unique concept, that of “bad miracle”. We only hope that the film meets the public’s expectations and reveals its great mystery, meaning the identity and intentions of the invaders.

    Coming out in cinemas on August 19.

    This month also sees the theatrical release of the long-awaited biographical film Elvis, included in the March edition of our column.

    “Purtata fetelor”, the Romanian traditional girls’ processional walking dance from Căpâlna village, playing on the soundtrack of a superhero blockbuster’s trailer? Now we’ve seen everything. Our list of recommendations for this month includes five titles showing at the Transilvania International Film Festival (June 17-26, Cluj-Napoca), but also the hottest upcoming Netflix series.

  • May’s Trailer Recommendations

    Cinema or streaming platforms? It’s a hard choice, especially now when the streaming world offers three titles that are impossible to say no to. We add to our list of recommendations a psychological thriller, a classic comedy (still relevant to the times we’re living) and two documentaries screening at One World Romania #15, which starts on Friday, May 13.

    The Time Traveler’s Wife (science-fiction romantic-drama series, created by Steven Moffat)

    Audrey Niffenegger’s novel of the same name was adapted into a feature film in 2009, but Steven Moffat’s new miniseries is more likely to do justice to this unexpected combination of science-fiction and romance. The premise is more than exciting: what if your husband suffered from a genetic disorder that caused him to randomly time travel? How does a relationship survive when one of the partners magically disappears and the other has no guarantee that they will return? It’s easy to get distracted by the science-fiction element, but The Time Traveler’s Wife is more about how to keep your love alive while facing life’s greatest challenges.

    Cool Fact: The novel offers a unique perspective on time travel, usually seen as a superpower or as a miracle of technology in science-fiction movies. Both the novel and the series treat this ability of the hero as a handicap that constantly threatens his life.

    The series premieres on May 16, on HBO Max.

    Borgen – Power & Glory (political drama series, created by Adam Price)

    Borgen (2010-2013) is one of the most popular Scandinavian series of all time, and now the itinerary of the idealistic (but sometimes relentless) politician Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen) resumes in a fourth season set to be released on Netflix as a separate series. The action takes place in present times with Birgitte now serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs, being elected after proposing a complex program aimed at combating climate change. But oil has been discovered in Greenland, and Birgitte will have to find smart ways to compromise between her green political ideals and the greed of several countries, including Russia, which is desperate to capitalize on those deposits.

    Cool Fact: Each episode begins with an epigraph that encapsulates Birgitte’s challenges. For example: “Let China sleep, for when she wakens, the world will tremble.” (Napoleon Bonaparte)

    The series premieres on June 2, on Netflix.

    Superfresh

    Avatar: The Way of Water (science-fiction, dir. James Cameron)

    Critics may have ridiculed Avatar for reproducing most of the moments and conflicts in Pocahontas, but James Cameron’s 2009 epic science fiction is still the highest-grossing movie of all time and dazzled audiences with its special effects and ground-breaking 3D. We don’t know much about the long-awaited sequel, The Way of Water, but the director, this time seconded by Disney studios, seems once again determined to impress with state-of-the-art special effects. “I know one thing: wherever we go, this family is our fortress,” says Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) in the trailer, and something tells me that this fortress will be subjected to a brutal siege.

    Cool Fact: To re-acquaint the public with the planet Pandora, Disney will re-release Avatar in September in a remastered version.

    Coming out in cinemas on December 16.

    Don’t Worry Darling (psychological thriller, dir. Olivia Wilde)

    Actress Olivia Wilde has made her directorial debut with Booksmart, a critically acclaimed coming-of-age comedy, and her second film, Don’t Worry Darling, looks far, far more ambitious. Starring Harry Styles (who seems determined to make it big in cinema too, not just in music) and Florence Pugh, the film explores an experimental community in the 1950s, where men spend their days working in the mysterious factory owned by the community leader (Chris Pine), while housewives fill their time as best they can. Everything seems perfect – especially in the perpetual sunset developed by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Matthew Libatique (A Star Is Born, Black Swan) – but we’ll soon see that this is just a facade.

    Cool Fact: Harry Styles was not the director’s first choice for the role he is playing, but Shia LaBeouf, only he was fired for his problematic behavior.

    Coming out in cinemas on September 23.

    Guilty Pleasure

    Obi-Wan Kenobi (science-fiction miniseries, dir. Deborah Chow)

    I know, some Films in Frame readers will find it more than bizarre that I included this trailer in the “Guilty Pleasures” section, but after watching The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, I have the (very unpopular!) opinion that the Star Wars series are somehow aimless and only have the modest ambition to fill the gaps in the biography of some of the popular characters of the franchise. Obi-Wan Kenobi has the advantage of reactivating the franchise’s biggest antagonist, Darth Vader, and an engaging premise: after his mentoring failed and losing Anakin Skywalker to the dark side of the Force, Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) has a chance to atone for his mistakes by training little Luke, Anakin’s son.

    Cool Fact: Hayden Christensen, who plays Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in Episodes II and III of the Star Wars franchise, gave up acting for a few years to break away from unwanted fame. In this series, Christensen returns to the most emblematic role of his career.

    Worldwide premiere on May 25. The streaming service Disney+ will be launched in Romania on June 14.

    Oldies, but Goldies

    The Great Dictator (comedy, dir. Charlie Chaplin)

    If you’re wondering what classic comedy to (re)watch, there probably isn’t a better option than this Charlie Chaplin superhit. The film came out in 1940, when Adolf Hitler had already unleashed the Nazi army on Europe, and Chaplin’s scathing satire made fun of this threat that killed millions of people. The Great Dictator can now be seen in the light of the United States’ involvement in the war in Ukraine, and with different eyes: from the comfortable distance of another continent it is easy to declare yourself against a dictator, because you have nothing to lose …

    Cool Fact: The desire of the European public to laugh at Adolf Hitler made the film have no less than nine million viewers in England alone.

    The Great Dictator is available on MUBI.

    Romanian film
    Immaculate (drama, dir. Monica Stan, George Chiper-Lillemark)

    A high school student is admitted by her parents to a rehab clinic after her boyfriend (the one who actually left her with the drug addiction) ends up in jail. There is probably no better context for exploring the concept of ​​fragility, and Monica Stan and George Chiper-Lillemark’s film doesn’t stop there at all. The protagonist, Daria (Aura Dumitraşcu), finds a motley group in rehab, who will soon catapult her out of her comfort zone, which has already been messed up by her boyfriend’s arrest and now her admittance. Given the other patients’ outlandish names such as Mad Radu (Bogdan Farcaş, who has just won the Gopo Award for Best Actor for his role in Unidentified), Spartac (Vasile Pavel Digudai), Cat (Florin Hriţcu), Chocolate (Ionuţ Nicolae) and Chanel (Ilona Brezoianu), you would expect innocent-looking Daria to be easy prey for these outcasts, but that might not be the case.

    Cool Fact: Immaculate won three awards at last year’s Venice Film Festival, including the Best First Film Award.

    From One World Romania (the screening schedule is available here)

    Taming the Garden (documentary, dir. Salomé Jashi)

    You have a mighty tree in front of the house and one day someone comes and takes it from you, with roots and everything, leaving a massive hole in its place. There is something abominable about this abuse of power, depicted in Salomé Jashi’s documentary about the actions of a former Georgian prime minister who wants to populate his private garden with the most imposing specimens in the plant kingdom. Beyond the interesting logistics of moving trees taller than a ten-story building, the documentary also discusses the drama of ordinary people who have lived all their lives under the shade of a tree and suddenly find that it has disappeared.

    Cool Fact: Following its Sundance world premiere in 2021, the documentary has been screened at dozens of festivals around the world.

    White on White (documentary, dir. Viera Čákanyová)

    Whatever ridiculous arguments deniers might give, global warming does exist. Just go ask any elderly relative and they’ll tell you that fifty years ago, snow fell over Romania at the latest in early December “and you didn’t see the ground until March or even April” (as my mother would say). A very different picture from today’s winters, isn’t it? Viera Čákanyová’s documentary is shot in Antarctica while the director was making her previous documentary, FREM, and offers a reflection on the meaning of life amplified by the white immensity, where nothing can distract you from the emptiness inside.

    Cool Fact: The documentary also includes conversations between the director and artificial intelligence (or “artificial neural network”), which puts the human discourse on the meaning of life into a new perspective.

    Cinema or streaming platforms? It’s a hard choice, especially now when the streaming world offers three titles that are impossible to say no to. We add to our list of recommendations a psychological thriller, a classic comedy (still relevant to the times we’re living) and two documentaries screening at One World Romania #15, which starts on Friday, May 13.