Original title: Două lozuri
Directed by Paul Negoescu
2016. 86m. Romania/Spain. Romanian with English subtitles. NR.
Q&A with director Paul Negoescu
Three ne’er-do-wells from a provincial town hit the jackpot when they win the six-million Euro lottery prize only to find out that the winning ticket is, well, nowhere to be found. This is the beginning of a zany adventure as the trio sets off on a madcap hunt in search of the two wannabe gangsters who stole the bum bag containing the lucky scrap of paper. Paranoid potheads, exotic prostitutes, gullible children, enterprising clairvoyants, and even a color blind policeman cross their paths, generating one hilarious set piece after another. With little resources and great craftsmanship, second time director Negoescu has put together a refreshingly charming indie comedy, not without a serious undertow as it explores issues such as corruption, poverty, and chance. The cast, including Dogs’ lead Dragoș Bucur, is topnotch.
Screenplay: Paul Negoescu
Cinematography: Ana Drăghici
Cast: Dragoș Bucur, Dorian Boguță, Alexandru Papadopol.
Production: Actoriedefilm, Papillon Film, Kirkland, Studio Indie Production
Festivals: Zurich Film Festival (Special Mention)