31 October 2008

12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST (Dir. Corneliu Porumboiu, 2006, Romania) - The New Wave

The lasting impression of the neo realism movement in post war Italy is still affecting film makers today. The reaction to fascism resulted in a fresh approach to cinema and most movements have tended to emerge out of nations trying to come to terms with their own terrible past as is the case with Romanian cinema today. The films produced by the new wave of film makers from Romania have all in one way or another explored the affects of the post communist era on mainstream society. Corneliu Porumboiu's '12:08 East of Bucharest' was released in 2006 and unlike most of the new wave films that have opted for a gritty, neo realist style, Porumboiu chooses to examine the probing question of post communist revolution by employing political satire as a mode of address. Most of the film takes place in the confines of a low budget television studio in which a presenter and his two guests attempt to clarify whether or not their was a revolution in the small town. Excellent performances, an evocative sense of location and a biting vein of dark humour ensures that this is yet another strong example of contemporary Romanian cinema.

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