Reinventing Realism—New Cinema from Romania
May 13-June 4
Since the late 1990s, a group of intellectually adventurous filmmakers has galvanized Romania’s postcommunist production with a steady stream of nuanced screenplays and robustly realistic films that tackle moral issues and ethical ambiguities, creating taut allegories from banal circumstances. At the same time these filmmakers, sometimes working collaboratively, have constructed a discourse about societal and civil issues hovering over Europe. Directors involved in the movement include Cristian Mungiu, Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Radu Muntean, and Cătălin Mitulescu, as well as a group of younger artists who continue to garner acclaim at international events. In conjunction with the Embassy of Romania and the Romanian National Film Center, the National Gallery of Art presents a series of eight films that exemplify this singular body of work. Other films in the series are presented at the AFI Silver Theatre.