The U.S. tour of the retrospective kicks off in California at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) with the 13-film series “Perspectives on History: Romanian Cinema since 1989” running December 6, 2019 – February 27, 2020.

“The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is happy for the opportunity to collaborate with Making Waves 2019 to celebrate three decades of Romanian cinema. Thirty years after the revolution in Romania these films remain as meaningful as ever as the shadows of totalitarianism and corruption are increasingly evident everywhere and protesters take to the streets around the globe,” notes BAMPFA Associate Film Curator Kate MacKay. “We are especially thrilled that Andrei Ujicā will be coming to Berkeley to present three of his documentaries.”

The program includes some of the best Romanian films made over the last three decades, with a special focus on works concerned with the events of December 1989. “The Romanians” selection is complemented by Radu Muntean’s The Paper will Be Blue, Radu Jude’s “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians”, and Out of the Present by Andrei Ujică, who will be the special guest of the program.

VenueBAMPFA, 2155 Center Street (between Oxford Street and Shattuck Avenue), Berkeley, CA
Tickets: General Admission – $13; BAMPFA Member – $8; Special rates: $5-9 (see BAMPFA website for details)

The U.S. tour of the retrospective kicks off in California at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) with the 13-film series “Perspectives on History: Romanian Cinema since 1989” running December 6, 2019 – February 27, 2020.

“The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is happy for the opportunity to collaborate with Making Waves 2019 to celebrate three decades of Romanian cinema. Thirty years after the revolution in Romania these films remain as meaningful as ever as the shadows of totalitarianism and corruption are increasingly evident everywhere and protesters take to the streets around the globe,” notes BAMPFA Associate Film Curator Kate MacKay. “We are especially thrilled that Andrei Ujicā will be coming to Berkeley to present three of his documentaries.”

The program includes some of the best Romanian films made over the last three decades, with a special focus on works concerned with the events of December 1989. “The Romanians” selection is complemented by Radu Muntean’s The Paper will Be Blue, Radu Jude’s “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians”, and Out of the Present by Andrei Ujică, who will be the special guest of the program.

VenueBAMPFA, 2155 Center Street (between Oxford Street and Shattuck Avenue), Berkeley, CA
Tickets: General Admission – $13; BAMPFA Member – $8; Special rates: $5-9 (see BAMPFA website for details)

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Cristian Mungiu. 2007, Romania, 113 min
Winner of the Palme D’Or at Cannes, and one of the masterpieces of the Romanian New Wave, this drama of two friends arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania is marked by formal rigor, exquisite writing and acting, and period detail that perfectly evokes the bleakness of the era. During the final days of communism in Romania, college roommates Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) and Găbița (Laura Vasiliu) are busy preparing for a night away. But rather than planning for a holiday, they are making arrangements for Găbița’s illegal abortion and unwittingly, both find themselves burrowing deep down a rabbit hole of unexpected revelations. Transpiring over the course of a single day, Mungiu’s film is a masterwork of modern filmmaking, by parts poignant and shocking. 
Showtimes
BAMPFA Berkeley, CA

Dec 06, 2019
7:00 pm

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BAMPFA Berkeley CA
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Seattle, WA
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Stuff and Dough
Cristi Puiu. 2001, Romania, 90 min
The “stuff” in this debut feature by The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu and Sieranevada director Cristi Puiu—one of the first examples of the post-Ceauşescu Romanian filmmaking renaissance—is a satchel full of black-market prescription drugs. The “dough” is 2,000 lei promised to small-town teen Ovidiu (Alexandru Papadopol) if he agrees to hand-carry the package to Bucharest on behalf of a local gangster (Răzvan Vasilescu). He does, inviting his slacker friend Vali (Dragoş Bucur) along for the ride, who in turn invites his apathetic girlfriend Bety (Ioana Flora). This unlikely trio then takes to the highway, and the hilariously deadpan road movie that results is a reminder that Puiu, who originally sought to become a painter, has cited a viewing of Jim Jarmusch’s Down by Law as a key event in his decision to pursue filmmaking.
Showtimes
BAMPFA Berkeley, CA

Dec 08, 2019
7:00 pm

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BAMPFA Berkeley CA
Film Forum New York
Seattle, WA
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The Death of Mr Lăzărescu
Cristi Puiu. 2005, Romania, 154 min
The film that for many people signaled the emergence of the new Romanian cinema, Cristi Puiu’s second feature was the revelation of Cannes 2005, where it took top prize in the Un Certain Regard section. A sardonic, darkly humorous, compulsively vibrant feature, The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu seems so realistic and convincing, unfolding as though in real time, that it’s hard to believe it was acted. As it follows an ailing retired engineer, too fond of booze, who gets carted from one overtaxed Bucharest hospital to another in search of proper medical care, a whole stressed society is laid bare: Each doctor, nurse, paramedic, and patient leaps into view with sharp individuality and articulate self-defensiveness. Compassion and indifference clash, often within the same person. The fluid, mobile camera recalls the great works of Fred Wiseman and John Cassavetes.
Showtimes
BAMPFA Berkeley, CA

Dec 13, 2019
7:00 pm

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BAMPFA Berkeley CA
Film Forum New York
Seattle, WA
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12:08 East of Bucharest
Corneliu Porumboiu. 2006, Romania, 89 min
Winner of the 2006 Camera D’Or prize, this sociopolitical satire focuses on a group of characters who commemorate the 16th anniversary of Ceaușescu’s fall on December 22, 2005. “12:08” refers to the exact time of day in which Ceaușescu fled, whereas the original Romanian title roughly translates as “Was There or Was There Not?” (a revolution in our town) – the central question being hotly debated throughout the film. What seems like a formally simple and straightforward story is actually a sophisticated and wryly funny reflection on the scope of the Romanian Revolution of 1989 that ended communism in Romania, and how even recent historical events take on shape and meaning according to how they explain or justify the present.
Showtimes
BAMPFA Berkeley, CA

Dec 15, 2019
7:00 pm

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BAMPFA Berkeley CA
Film Forum New York
Seattle, WA
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Child’s Pose
Călin Peter Netzer. 2013, Romania, 112 min
Winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale and a box-office hit at home, Netzer’s third film brilliantly deals with the mother of all moral dilemmas – faced by a parent willing to do everything in order to save her son, who killed a child in a car accident. The tight script makes things especially complicated, as the relation between mother and son is cruelly tormented. Playing the domineering yet strangely sympathetic mother – who might be the victim after all – Luminița Gheorghiu (the nurse with a heart of gold in The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu) is pitch perfect, walking on a tightrope.
Showtimes
BAMPFA Berkeley, CA

Feb 02, 2020
7:00 pm

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BAMPFA Berkeley CA
Film Forum New York
Seattle, WA
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Videograms of a Revolution
Andrei Ujică & Harun Farocki. 1992, Germany, 106 min
For Videograms of a Revolution, Andrei Ujică and Harun Farocki collected amateur video and material broadcast by Romanian state television after it was taken over by demonstrators in December 1989. The audio and video represent the historic first ever revolution in which television played a major role. The film’s protagonist is contemporary history itself.
"By the end of the week, and the Ceausescus’ executions, nothing is real – or historical – until it is seen on television.” – Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

Director Andrei Ujica in person (Film Forum, Nov 15, 6:30 pm / BAMPFA, Feb 12)
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BAMPFA Berkeley, CA

Feb 12, 2020
7:00 pm

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BAMPFA Berkeley CA
Film Forum New York
Seattle, WA
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The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu
Andrei Ujică. 2010, Romania, 180 min
Andrei Ujică’s new film, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu, is the last installment of the trilogy that started with Videograms of a Revolution and continued with Out of the Present. It’s not a “documentary” or a “docudrama,” but rather a “fiction” feature, with real, historical characters. Ujică didn’t shoot a single frame of footage, because everything was already shot. He simply edited archival material of Ceauşescu and reconstructed his historical adventure – an adventure which, because we’re dealing with a head of state, formed the very destiny of this state itself. From a formal point of view, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu proves that with exclusive use of existing images it is indeed possible to yield films focused on recent history, yet with an epic vein similar to that of the historical fiction cinema such as, most notably, the ample period pieces in American cinema dedicated to the Vietnam War generation.

Director Andrei Ujică in person (Film Forum, Nov 16 / BAMPFA, Feb 16)
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BAMPFA Berkeley, CA

Feb 16, 2020
12:30 pm

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BAMPFA Berkeley CA
Film Forum New York
Seattle, WA
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Soldiers: A Story from Ferentari
Ivana Mladenović. 2017, Romania/Serbia/Belgium, 119 min
"Ivana Mladenović’s fiction debut is Romanian social realism with an ethnographic edge, but it’s also a romance between two ostensibly heterosexual men achieving an unexpected bond.” (Screen Daily) An unexpected romance blossoms between two men amid a ramshackle Bucharest neighborhood in this tender, offbeat love story. When Adi, an anthropologist researching regional pop music, meets Alberto, a burly Roma ex-con, the two lonely souls enter into a relationship that tests the societal and moral taboos of their community. Documentarian Ivana Mladenović brings a wonderfully loose-limbed, vérité naturalism to her auspicious narrative debut, based on the eponymous book written by Adrian Schiop who plays himself in the movie.
Showtimes
BAMPFA Berkeley, CA

Feb 23, 2020
7:00 pm

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BAMPFA Berkeley CA
Film Forum New York
Seattle, WA
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The Oak
Lucian Pintilie. 1992, Romania/France, 105 min
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. NEW 4K RESTORATION

Actress Anda Onesa in person (Nov 16)
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BAMPFA Berkeley, CA

Jan 12, 2020
7:00 pm

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BAMPFA Berkeley CA
Film Forum New York
Seattle, WA
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The State of Things
Stere Gulea. 1995, Romania, 89 min
Gulea’s film seems intent on revealing life’s tragic paradoxes and sad ironies as reflected in recent Romanian history. It is December 21st, 1989 and a severely wounded teenager shows up in the middle of the night at the front door of a young nurse. She takes him for care at the hospital where her soon-to-be husband works, only to find him the morning after in the hospital’s morgue, shot dead in the head. In the instability and chaos that ensues, the couple is pressured into providing fake documents which would absolve the secret police for his death, and others. The woman refuses to collaborate and her nightmare begins: she is arrested and convicted on a trumped-up charge, consequently being humiliated, beaten up and raped in prison. Her only comfort remains the child she is carrying.
Showtimes
BAMPFA Berkeley, CA

Jan 19, 2020
7:00 pm

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BAMPFA Berkeley CA
Film Forum New York
Seattle, WA
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