The Romanians: 30 Years of Cinema Revolution

Jan 30 - Feb 20, 2020
4 Films


For its 2019 edition, Making Waves celebrated the 30 years since the Revolution of 1989 with a 30-film retrospective of Romanian Cinema’s past 30 years: the largest Romanian film program presented in the U.S. to date. American Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS) and Making Waves – New Romanian Cinema join Northwest Film Forum and SIFF in bringing a selection of ten films from this program to Seattle. Click here for a series overview that covers both NWFF and SIFF’s screenings at their Film Center.*

In the 30 years since the 1989 Romanian Revolution and the fall of Communism, history has been a persistent theme in Romanian cinema. In the 1990s, directors who found themselves freed from the tyranny of censorship rushed out in the open to tell stories from the recent past. In the following two decades, younger directors went back in time on their own terms and came up with a fresh perspective on the communist era. Even when they chronicled the present in sharp slices of life, the dark shadows of the past still haunted their contemporary stories. And then there is the enigma of the Revolution itself, which continues to beg for closure.

Newer films dig into the more distant though equally relevant past, and there is also escapism, mostly in genre formats. But despite its apparent diversity, this  retrospective works best as a history lesson served in the most entertaining form: movies.

* Series passes purchased for SIFF’s half of this series are not transferable to screenings at NWFF.


Calendar overview for both NWFF and SIFF at the ARCS Project website:

Playing at NWFF:

Playing at SIFF:

(All SIFF screenings in this series take place at SIFF Film Center)

Jan. 31 at 4:30pm
Snails’ Senator
(Mircea Daneliuc, Romania, 1995, 112 min)
Senator Vîrtosu spends the weekend at a guesthouse formerly owned by the Communist Party, where he is disrupted by a crew of Swiss journalists filming in the area.

Jan. 31 at 7pm
California Dreamin’ (Endless)
(Cristian Nemescu, Romania, 2007, 155 min)
A NATO gun shipment supervised by an American officer is scheduled to cross Romania via train during the Kosovo war of the late 1990s.

Feb. 1 at 3:30pm
Stuff and Dough
(Cristi Puiu, Romania, 2001, 90 min)
This debut feature by The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu and Sieranevada director Cristi Puiu is one of the first examples of the post-Ceauşescu Romanian filmmaking renaissance.

Feb. 1 at 7pm
Niki and Flow
(Lucian Pintilie, Romania, 2003, 105 min)
Angela and her husband have decided to leave Romania for a life in the United States, while their parents have difficulties accepting this decision.

Mar. 27 at 7pm
(Constantin Popescu, Romania, 2017, 152 min)
This film deals with every parent’s worst nightmare: the devastating disappearance of a beloved child, and the desperate struggle to stay sane while trying to save the couple’s marriage.

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