2016, Radu Jude, Romania/Germany, 141 min. With Lucian Teodor Rus, Ivana Mladenovic.
- Sat, Mar 17th 5:30pm
- Wed, Mar 21st 7:30pm
"Alternately funny, raunchy and sad…becomes a metaphor for a confused European identity on the verge of generational shift." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"Feels almost literally like a window into the past…enough humor and emotion in the story to warm the film." - Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
While Hitler is coming to power in the outside world, a microcosm of 1937 Europe with all its follies, confusions and looming conflicts takes shape within the confines of an exclusive sanatorium, where promising young writer Emanuel (Rus) is being treated for a bone disease that is expected to be fatal. Director Jude (THE DEAD NATION, AFERIM!) draws on the semi-autobiographical novel by Jewish Romanian author Max Blecher for a narrative that is both effortlessly intellectual in its formal construction and filled with black-humorous scenarios, including a ward-wide drunken revel, and Emanuel's attempt at a sexual tryst in his hospital bed while encased in a full body cast. In Romanian with English subtitles. Courtesy of Big World Pictures. DCP digital. (BS)