US Premiere at NEW DIRECTORS / NEW FILMS FESTIVAL -New York, March 2014. Romania, mid-1980’s, Sorin (Sorin Leoveanu) a gifted mathematician whose career advancement is blocked because he is not a member of the Communist party, comes to the attention of the security services after he secretly arranges for an academic paper on his new theorem to be published in an American journal. With practiced insidiousness, the Securitate start their investigation, led by Voican (Florin Piersic, Jr.) who sets about pressuring Sorin’s friends and colleagues to inform on him. Making a strong and engrossing addition to a body of films from the New Romanian Cinema that delve into the years of dictatorship. Andrei Gruzsniczki’s low-key but quietly tense drama of compromise and betrayal re-creates the period with painstaking accuracy and captures both the atmosphere of mistrustful cautiousness and resigned discontent of its populace and the petty banality of the regime’s methods of surveillance and control. … Film Society of Lincoln Center
Writer|Director: Andrei Gruzsniczki
Running time: 107 min.
Language: Romanian w|English subtitles
Starring: Sorin Leoveanu, Ofelia Popii, Florin Piersic Jr.
FESTIVALS: Rome Film Festival, Italy; International Film Festival Vilnius, Lithuania; Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Czech Republic; Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel; Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Brazil; Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece; Arras Film Festival, France; USA: Seattle International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, New York; Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema, NY
AWARDS: Special Jury Prize, Andrei Gruzsniczki, Rome Film Fest
“Everything about this film looks and feels authentic, and the way the film stock captures gray shadings digital can’t, is a pleasure to see. But what’s most important is how the viewer gets to feel the way the system makes betrayal of one’s values and one’s intimates inevitable.” Filmleaf