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Original title: 6,9 grade pe scara Richter
Directed by Nae Caranfil
2016. 116m. Romania/Bulgaria/Hungary. Romanian with subtitles. NR.
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OPENING NIGHT GALA. Followed by a Reception

A young actor faces the challenge of his life as he’s torn between his complex role in a musical, the needs of his depressed and pathologically jealous wife, and his obsession with a devastating earthquake that he’s convinced is right around the corner (a real Romanian obsession, by the way). Moreover, he becomes the willing victim of his amoral, manipulative father, who enters his life for the very first time. Don’t expect a drama, though: Somehow, JBFC favorite Nae Caranfil (his sparkling Closer to the Moon opened Making Waves a few years back) turns all these ingredients into a Billy Wilder–esque dark comedy with extremely colorful musical numbers. A musical lover himself, Nae not only directed this burlesque extravaganza, but also wrote the script and the score.

Screenplay: Nae Caranfil
Cinematography: Vivi Drăgan Vasile
Cast: Teodor Corban, Laurenţiu Bănescu, Maria Obretin, Simona Arsu, Alexandru Papadopol, Adrian Văncică
Production: Mobra Film, Korund-X Ltd., Cinemafilm

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