21/05/2009 18:17

12:08 East of Bucharest

Romania, 2006, 89 min.
Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Cast: Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban, Ion Sapdaru, Mirela Cioaba, Luminita Gheorghiu
Awards: Golden Camera, Label Europa Cinemas, Cannes Film Festival, 2006; Golden Swan, Copenhagen International Film Festival, 2006; Special Prize, Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema, 2006; Audience Award, Best Romanian Film, Transilvania Trophy, Transilvania International Film Festival, 2006; Nominations: Silver Condor, Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards, 2008; Grand Prix, Bratislava International Film Festival, 2006; Chlotrudis Award, Chlotrudis Awards, 2008; Grand Prize, Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema; European Film Award, European Film Awards, 2006; Audience Award, European Film Awards, 2007; Independent Spirit Award, Independent Spirit Awards, 2006.

As a part of selection BALKAN BOX which presents the best film creations of the region, you will have a chance to see the film A fost sau n-a fost? / 12:08 East of Bucharest. Christmas is approaching and the atmosphere is getting strange as residents of a small town are melancholically thinking about the revolution which rumbled through their city and ended communist regime sixteen years ago.

The protagonists are a history teacher who doesn't want to lose his entire salary for paying his debts, an old retiree who is preparing to spend another Christmas alone, and the owner of the local TV station who doesn't seem very interested in coming holidays. The time has come for him and his friends to face the 16-year-old historical question - Did a revolution take place in their city at all?