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12:08 East of Bucharest (DVD) (*)

Original Title: A fost sau n-a fost?
Screened, competed or awarded at:
Cannes Film Festival
European Film Awards
Other Film Festival Awards

Language Selections:
English ( Subtitles )
Romanian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 )

Product Origin/Format:
United Kingdom ( PAL/Region 2 )

Running Time:
86 min

Aspect Ratio:

Special Features:
Cast/Crew Interview(s)
Interactive Menu
Scene Access

Movie filmed in 2006 and produced in:
Romania ( Russia, Eastern Europe )

Directed By:
Corneliu Porumboiu

Written By:
Corneliu Porumboiu

Mircea Andreescu ..... Emanoil Piscoci
Teodor Corban ..... Virgil Jderescu
Ion Sapdaru ..... Tiberiu Manescu
Mirela Cioaba ..... Doamna Manescu
Luminita Gheorghiu ..... Doamna Jderescu
Cristina Ciofu ..... Vali
Lucian Iftime ..... Lica
Annemarie Chertic ..... Vera
Petrica Sapdaru ..... Petrica
Catalin Paraschiv ..... Barman
George Guoqingyun ..... Chen
Constantin Dita ..... Tibi
Daniel Badale ..... Professor
Marius Rogojinski ..... Vecin (as Marius Rogojinschi)
Aurelia Tocu ..... Maricicia Dima (voice)

At the beginning of "The 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon," Karl Marx famously observes that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. He forgot to add that the commemoration of history can raise farce to a whole new level of absurdity. This, at any rate, is among the insights offered by the Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu's acutely funny first feature, "12:08 East of Bucharest." "Was there, or was there not, a revolution in our town?" This question (summed up in the movie's Romanian title, "A Fost sau n-a fost?") is asked by Mr. Jderescu (Teo Corban), a television talk-show host who has hastily assembled a panel of nobodies to look back, 16 years later, at the events of Dec. 22, 1989. Their town, Vaslui, where Mr. Porumboiu grew up, is depicted, not without affection, as a drab, rundown place where it is hard to imagine very much happening at all. Mr. Porumboiu's film is, at first glance, as rumpled and unassuming as its weary, fatalistic inhabitants. Though it is modest, almost anecdotal, in scale, "12:08 East of Bucharest" is also characterized by a precise and sneaky formal wit.

December 22. It's been sixteen years since the Revolution and Christmas is approaching. Pisconi, an old retiree, is preparing to spend another lonely Christmas. Manescu, a history teacher, doesn't want to lose his entire salary to pay his debts. Jderescu, the owner of the local TV station, doesn't seem very interested in vacation. With Piscoci and Manescu's help, he wants to find an answer to a sixteen-year-old question: "Did a revolution really take place in their city"?

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 26 June, 2009.


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