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Original title: Câini
Directed by Bogdan Mirică
NEW YORK PREMIERE
In person: actor Vlad Ivanov
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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. Beware, this strong debut is no bittersweet Japanese Dog but a shocking Molotov cocktail of genres that won the FIPRESCI prize in Cannes and the Transilvania trophy.

Romania/France/Bulgaria/Qatar, 2016, 104m
Screenplay: Bogdan Mirică
Cinematography: Andrei Butică
Cast: Dragoş Bucur, Gheorghe Visu, Vlad Ivanov
Producer: Elie Meirovitz, Marcela Ursu, Stephan Komandarev
Production: EZ Films, 42km Film, Argo Film
Festivals: Cannes 2016 (Un Certain Regard) – FIPRESCI Award
Romanian with English subtitles

 

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