The New York Times – Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C.
THE ROMANIANS: 30 YEARS OF CINEMA REVOLUTION at Film Forum (Nov. 15-26). In Romania, the democratic reforms that followed the execution of Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989 also turned the country into a global filmmaking powerhouse, culminating in what has been called the Romanian New Wave. The movement gained international recognition when Cristian Mungiu’s harrowing “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” (on Nov. 22) won the top prize at Cannes in 2007. That movie sits at roughly the chronological midpoint of Film Forum’s series, which highlights acclaimed films from the 1990s (“The Oak,” on Friday and Saturday, from Lucian Pintilie, who had run afoul of Communist authorities during Ceausescu’s reign) and work from New Wavers like Cristi Puiu, whose “Stuff and Dough” (on Monday) preceded his art-house sensation “The Death of Mr. Lazarescu” (on Sunday).