Original title: Câini
Directed by Bogdan Mirică
2016. 104m. Romania/France/Bulgaria/Qatar. Romanian with subtitles. NR.
A young man from the city comes to a remote village in rural Romania to sell the land he inherited from his grandfather, and discovers that the old man had been a crime lord. In order to sell, he has to face his grandfather’s deputies, now led by an affable Tartar (Vlad Ivanov, effortlessly superb again as a bad guy, after 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Snowpiercer). Meanwhile, the local policeman investigates the finding of a severed foot, but what he’s really after is revenge on his lifetime nemesis, at any cost. If the Coen brothers had been Balkan born, this is how their No Country for Old Men would have looked. First time director Mirică won the critics’ prize in Cannes and the top award at the Transilvania International Film Festival for this slick and thrilling Molotov cocktail of genres.
Screenplay: Bogdan Mirică
Cinematography: Andrei Butică
Cast: Dragoş Bucur, Gheorghe Visu, Vlad Ivanov
Production: EZ Films, 42km Film, Argo Film
Festivals: Cannes 2016 (Un Certain Regard) – FIPRESCI Award