281 Great Directors: Corneliu Porumboiu

“We are this Nouvelle Vague, but I think that each one of us has his own style and makes his own films. I don’t know. I think that if we continue to make good films, we will be there, if not…[laughs] As far as the international praise is concerned, I did not expect to have this success when I started making films. At the same time, they talk about all of us, because it is a small country, and you do not expect to have five, six, seven, or ten directors – you have to put a mark. This is good but at the same time it can be a little bit restrictive.”

Why This Director?
: I said the KNW was the big movement in Lee’s entry, but it might have actually been the RNW.

My Last Experience Was…: N/A

What Did I Watch: 12:08 East of Bucharest.

Where Does He Fit: 12:08 East of Bucharest thankfully knows that there’s some laughs to be found within Romania’s many years of horrible corruption, so we get three beautifully sketched miserable old men, living in shitty apartments, who wind up putting on a radio show related to the question of whether or not there was a revolution. One is a crank, another a drunk, the last is pretentious. We just follow them around for forty minutes as they put up with mothers who want a Santa Claus, tavern owners with debts to settle, and so on. When the show kicks in, it turns into a riotous send up of film school, before finally ending with the answer to all the questions about perception and memory in the form of gratitude that the dictator is gone for good.

Most Valuable Asset
: A sense of humor about horrible shit.
Most Excited For: Police Adjective/WEFOBOM/The Treasure. (Four titles is an unusually large filmography for the RNW.)

Coming Up Next: Dramatist Asghar Farhadi.


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