Original title: Pororoca
Directed by Constantin Popescu
2017. 152 m. Romania/France. Romanian with subtitles. NR.
New York Premiere
“This is muscular hard-art fare that… could propel Popescu into the upper ranks of his country’s auteurs.” (Variety)
It is every loving parent’s worst nightmare: the devastating disappearance of a beloved child, and then their desperate struggle to stay sane while trying to save their marriage. The long scene in which the little girl goes missing in a park full of people is a movie in itself, masterfully staged by Constantin Popescu (Tales from the Golden Age), and challenges us to pinpoint the exact moment when everything goes wrong. It makes for intense viewing that is only more visceral thanks to Bogdan Dumitrache’s raw performance playing the father consumed with obsession and guilt.
Screenplay: Constantin Popescu
Director of Photography: Liviu Mărghidan
Cast: Bogdan Dumitrache, Iulia Lumânare, Constantin Dogioiu
Production: Scharf Advertising, Irreverence Films
Festivals: 2017 San Sebastian – Best Actor, CPH:PIX, 2018 Rotterdam, Goteborg