Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema 2019

December 4, 2019 | Katelin Levy

Marona’s Fantastic Tale (2019)
Photo courtesy of Making Waves Festival

Starting on December 5th The Jacob Burns Film Center joins Film ETC Association in co-presenting the 14th edition of Making Waves, a Romanian Film Festival that has been taking place in New York since 2006 and whose programming has “helped define and establish the southeastern European country as a stronghold of socially incisive, independently minded personal cinema.” (Wall Street Journal)

The most talked-about Romanian film of 2019 sets the mood for this year’s Making Waves program of New Releases: screened at Cannes and New York Film Festival, The Whistlers (directed by Corneliu Porumboiu) is a genre movie with a twist, a luscious and playful neo-noir.

Further forays into the genre film territory include two exciting love stories and a gripping social thriller: Tudor Giurgiu’s Parking charts the sparkling affair between two people who want a new beginning; the couple in Marius Olteanu’s debut, Monsters., is at a crossroads in their personal life; and Mo (directed by Radu Dragomir) is truly a #MeToo manifesto and possibly the most provocative Romanian film recently made.

An absolute novelty is Anca Damian’s bittersweet animation Marona’s Fantastic Tale.

The lineup also includes stories that explore Romania’s past: Stere Gulea’s Moromete Family: On the Edge of Time focuses on the period when Communism started its reign of terror; and Andrei Cohn takes a walk on the wild side with Arrest, a tense and claustrophobic chamber piece about the unseen face of the dictatorship.

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