Detroit Film Theatre


12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST

Friday, November 30, 2007

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

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(Romania—2006—directed by Corneliu Porumboiu)

Sixteen years after the revolution that freed Romania from Communist rule, debate still rages about whether it delivered all that was promised. This wry and exceptionally sharp new comedy – one of the best of a recent flood of exciting films from Romania – tries to settle the question in the form of a you’ve-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it small-town TV debate about whether the revolution actually took place in their town, or somewhere else. The burning question – did protesters rally there before 12:08, the moment when the president fled his palace, or only afterward – is debated on camera by a lonely, aging, amateur Santa and a history teacher whose ferocious hangover has left him with a complete blackout of the previous night. Also weighing in are outraged TV viewers, who phone in to offer their “absolutely reliable” memories. This sly meditation on the eternal struggle between history and remembrance won the coveted Camera d’Or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In Romanian with English subtitles. (89 min.)

“4 STARS! The most hilarious movie I’ve seen this year.”   -V.A. Musetto, New York Post

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