The Romanians - The Oak (Balanța)

$13 General
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

SERIES PASSES: $40 General + $22 Members

Lucian Pintilie
Romania & France
1h 45m


** New 4K restoration! **

The Oak is an absorbing, complicated black comedy about Romania at the end of the Ceauşescu regime. A young schoolteacher named Nela embarks on a spiritual journey after the death of her father, a former government official, whose ashes she takes to toting in a coffee jar. On her wanderings through grotesque and often violent surroundings, she meets Mitică. The couple, like Tristan and Isolde at the gates of the Orient, cannot live out their love according to the rules. A series of events – floods, pollution, Mitică’s arrest, military maneuvers and massacres – split up our heroes, and reveal a context in which nothing works properly and everything seems to be falling apart.

The Romanians: 30 Years of Cinema Revolution Series

Celebrating the 30 years since the Revolution of 1989 with a retrospective Romanian Cinema series.

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