MARK COUSINS PRESENTS: Romanian Film Season in Edinburgh

14/10 - 14/12/2015 @ Edinburgh

With characteristic idiosyncratic flair, acclaimed director and author Mark Cousins curates a series of Romanian film, revisiting 100 years of cinematic haunting eeriness, delicious sarcasm and groundbreaking miserabilism, which have amassed some of the highest distinctions of the seventh art.


"Movie lovers know that, in recent years, Romanian directors have been making inventive masterpieces. Films like 'The Death of Mr Lăzărescu' and '4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days' have won awards and acclaim around the world.

It's time to remind ourselves that Romania has always made great cinema. My selection takes us from art film classics, to a wry comedy, a bold film directed by a woman and a brave animation and up to date, to the best of New Romanian Cinema. It's a rare chance to explore this undervalued, fascinating, beautifully shot and politically complex national cinema. I'm delighted to help introduce you to a treasure trove." – Mark Cousins


'Aferim!' by Radu Jude, winner of the 2015 Silver Bear at Berlin Film Festival | Followed by a Q&A session via skype with director Radu Jude.

Wed 14 Oct, 20.30 | Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ | £9 and £7.20 conc. Tickets.

Regarded as one of the amplest Romanian cinema projects in the past years, 'Aferim!' is a historical film whose action is placed in the dawn of 19th Century Wallachia. The main character, a state tax collector, accompanied by his son, searches for a fugitive gypsy slave.


'Stone Wedding' by Dan Pi­ța & Mircea Veroiu, selected at Cannes Film Festival 1973 | Followed by a Q&A session via skype with director Dan Pi­ța.

Thu 15 Oct, 19.00 | Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL | £5 and £4 conc. Tickets.

"Rigorous, beautifully acted, as bold as Eisenstein, and with a haunting, sung commentary.  One of the world’s great movies." - Mark Cousins


TheDeathofMrLazarescu2 'The Death of Mr Lăzărescu' by Cristi Puiu (2005)

Wed 4 Nov, 20.00 | Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ | £9 and £7.20 conc. Tickets.

The film that ignited the much-discussed Romanian New Wave, Cristi Puiu's extraordinary second feature traces the odyssey of Dante Remus Lăzărescu as he journeys through a public health system, with doctors refusing to treat him.

The masterpiece depicts a universal theme - death and hospitals - with humanity and dark humour. A critical success, being awarded Un Certain Regard at the Festival de Cannes and numerous awards at other international film festivals (47 prizes in 2006).

”This long night’s journey into day is one of the highlights of 21st century realist cinema.  It’s compassion and detail link it back to movies like 'The Bicycle Thieves', and its dramatic arc makes it feel like an Edward Albee play. ” - Mark Cousins


TheDeathofMrLazarescu2 'Operation Monster' by Manole Marcus (1976)

Mon 7 Dec, 18.00 | Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ | £9 and £7.20 conc. Tickets.

A couple of Communist businessmen go fishing while their wives think they're on a business trip. Once there, they set up a camp and make plans for catching the biggest fish around those waters, legendarily called 'The Monster'...

"Three great Romanian actors skewer pomposity in a much admired comedy with echoes of Milos Forman's Czech film 'The Fireman's Ball'. Rarely seen outside Romania, it's a revealing treat." - Mark Cousins

Plus 'Short History' by Ion Popescu-Gopo (1957) 

"A bold history of the cosmos, in 3 minutes." - Mark Cousins


TheDeathofMrLazarescu2 'Fleeting Loves' by Malvina Urșianu (1974)

Mon 14 Dec, 18.05 | Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ | £9 and £7.20 conc. Tickets.

An architect returns from Germany to Romania with his wife on a business trip, to find his ex-lover married to his ex-best friend. Suffering from lung cancer, he decides to visit his native place and the women he loved.

"Hardly ever seen in the English speaking world, this bold mood piece by female director Malvina Urșianu is striking for its ruminatory tracking shots. Dreamlike at times, and melancholic, it suggests that love is a losing game. A discovery." - Mark Cousins

Plus 'Short History' by Ion Popescu-Gopo (1957)


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