Aferim

Winner
Silver Bear
Berlin International Film Festival
Nominee
Golden Bear
Berlin International Film Festival
An exceptional, deeply intelligent gaze into a key historical period, done with wit as well as anger.

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Aferim

Silver Bear – Best Director – Berlin International Film Festival; Grand Prize City of Lisboa – IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival; Official Selection – Tribeca Film
Festival; selected to represent Romania for the 2016 Academy Awards.

Eastern Europe, 1835. Two riders cross a barren landscape in the middle of Wallachia. They are the gendarme Costandin and his son. Together they are searching for a gypsy slave who has run away from his nobleman master and is suspected of having an affair with the noble's wife. While the unflappable Costandin comments on every situation with a cheery aphorism, his son takes a more contemplative view of the world. On their odyssey they encounter people of different nationalities and beliefs: Turks and Russians, Christians and Jews, Romanians and Hungarians. Each harbors prejudices against the others which have been passed down from
generation to generation. And even when the slave Carfin is found, the adventure is far from over...

Radu Jude’s third feature has been aptly compared to films as diverse as THE SEARCHERS, THE LAST DETAIL and PULP FICTION (the latter for its rambling, coarse and endlessly entertaining dialogue), but the film is ultimately a moving parable about late-feudal Europe developed from historical documents and songs: its power structures and hierarchies, people's ideas of themselves and others, interaction with minorities and the resulting conflicts. A Balkan Western in black-and-white that brings the cacophony of the times strikingly to life and explores the thematic arcs that stretch into the present.

Jude, whose previous feature films (THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD and EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY) received accolades at numerous festivals in Europe and the U.S., is also known for a string of prize-winning short films, including THE TUBE WITH A HAT (2006), which took the top prize at Sundance and 15 other awards at festivals around the world. AFERIM! was produced by Ada Solomon’s Hi Film, which also produced Golden Bear winner CHILD’S POSE (2013).
Not Rated
Genre
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, The Films of Radu Jude
Runtime
106
Language
Romanian, Turkish, Romany
Director
Radu Jude
Cast
Teodor Corban, Mihai Comanoiu, Toma Cuzin
Awards:
Winner, Silver Bear, Berlin International Film Festival
Nominee, Golden Bear, Berlin International Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Richard Brody, New Yorker

The Romanian director Radu Jude pioneers a new genre—the Wallachian Western—and brings style and insight to a historical tale of pursuit and persecution. The action is set in 1835, in the southern region of Romania, where the Roma people are held as slaves, noblemen wield tyrannical power, and ...

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