Making Waves at Roxy Cinema
Making Waves is a Romanian Film Festival taking place at premiere art house cinemas across New York City this Spring and is presented by Insula 42 in partnership with Metrograph, Roxy Cinema New York, DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema, and Film Forum. The festival is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the best in Romanian contemporary cinema.
Roxy Cinema New York will be screening three films as part of the festival:
Thursday 3/30 – R.M.N.
Cristian Mungiu’s latest release that premiered at Cannes last year.
A few days before Christmas, a man returns to his multi-ethnic Transylvanian village to renew contact with the son he had left behind while working in Germany. There, as he tries to become more involved in the boy’s education, the peace is cut short when a local company run by his ex-lover decides to recruit foreign workers. Frustrations, conflicts and passions rise to the surface once again, breaking through the community’s thin veneer of apparent calm and understanding. Elegantly structured and almost Faulknerian in scope, Mungiu’s latest entry in his signature brand of moral thrillers is a non-judgmental analysis of the driving forces of human behavior when confronted with the unknown, featuring an impressive 17-minute long take that crystalizes the simmering tension all throughout. An IFC Release.
Saturday 4/1 – To The North
During his shift on a transatlantic ship’s deck, a religious Filipino sailor (Soliman Cruz, in a standout role) discovers a Romanian stowaway hidden between containers and decides to keep him safe from being thrown overboard by the Taiwanese officers running the vessel. A dangerous cat and mouse game begins as, little by little, his crew and friends, and even God itself turn their back on this Good Samaritan, closing the net tight and leaving him to face his cruel destiny alone. Loosely based on the 1996 Maersk Dubai incident and showing impressive camerawork and soundscape that add to the oppressive and heightened mood of this slow burn thriller, Mincan’s taut debut about moral choices takes an act of kindness and throws it into the Devil’s hands, with devastating consequences.
Sunday 4/2 – Men Of Deeds + Q&A with director Paul Negoescu and DP Ana Drăghici
A middle-aged police chief goes on with his job and modest life in a small town, dreaming of having an orchard, managing regular drunken conflicts at the local bar and largely ignoring the mayor’s questionable deeds and the dubious things that happen in the village. But when a man is murdered, he jumps to the other extreme, trying to be what he has never been before: the justice seeker who arrests everyone guilty. Fresh from the U.S. success with his indie hit ‘Two Lottery Tickets’, director Negoescu goes into Twin Peaks-like territory and flexes his Coen Brothers’ muscles for what Variety deservedly called “an exceedingly mordant comedy that gradually bleeds out to tragedy”. Expect a hilarious Mexican standoff and one of the best performances in the new Romanian cinema. A Dekanalog Release.