2018, Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania, 70 min.
Laurentiu Ginghina, Corneliu Porumboiu
- Sun, Mar 17th 3:00pm
- Thu, Mar 21st 8:15pm
“A metaphysical bent…this relatively short film contains worlds.”--Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
Through a droll encounter with a man who proposes to redesign the game of soccer, director Porumboiu (POLICE, ADJECTIVE; EAST OF BUCHAREST) follows his fascination with the cerebral themes of obsession and process characteristic of the New Romanian Cinema. In a series of office meetings, Laurentiu Ginghina, a middle-aged bureaucrat, demonstrates his vision for an improved game to a bemused Porumboiu, paradoxically taking existing rules and strategies to absurd heights of complication in the name of simplicity. Despite the occasional intrusion of his real job, this former player, whose sports career ended in injury, lays out a bizarre plan founded on the introduction of an octagonal playing field inspired by Eastern aesthetics. In Romanian with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Grasshopper Films. (BS)