Feature Films

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Katalin Varga

Antal Borlan's loving wife could never imagine that her gentle husband is guilty of a horrible crime. Antal believes that he received forgiveness from God, the main evidence being his happy marriage, but a vengeful angel named Katalin Varga is determined to look for Antal even in the pit of the snake hole to get revenge. Raped by Antal a few years before, Katalin will now use their own child, Orban, for revenge.

Kino Caravan

In an isolated village in Transylvania, at the beginning of the 60’s, the people live relative peaceful lives under the leadership of TANASIE, the local People’s Council’s President. A mobile cinema, run by a young and ambitious communist activist, TAVI, arrives with the express mission of making a propaganda film projection. It’s Tavi ’s first assignment and he struggles to make a success of it. Except that the endless rain causes flooding, and the inertia of some of the villagers continually frustrates his plans. Each of them is somehow unwilling to participate or to support the projection, but they are cannily not showing an open opposition. Tavi is very ambitious and has the power of the party behind him. His pressure produces fear, and Tanasie is being held responsible. Slowly, under Tanasie’s prodding, everybody has to make some compromises so as to survive the whole event. Meanwhile, Tavi falls in love with CORINA, the village teacher, who has romantic dreams, which Tanasie secretly shares... The attraction between the two young people initially appears mutual, though Tavi continually slips into an ideological discourse every time he has an opportunity to get closer to her. Corina finds all this amusing - she likes this young man who wants to change the world. And Tanasie finds himself encouraging this liaison to sweeten the way with Tavi. Against all odds, the screening of the Russian propaganda films finally is about to happen in the classroom of the school. Tavi asks Corina to leave the village with him after the projection, but she refuses. Humiliated, frustrated, suffering from overambition and the sense that he can do anything he wants; he rapes Corina after the projection on his way out with the caravan. Finally, this occurs while Tanasie and the villagers are on the hill, playing cards, concluding that no party, or officials, can change their usual routines in life.

Poker

Four boys start neglecting school to meet in a hidden location and play poker. As time goes by, their poker games become more and more serious, while at the same time bring them closer as friends. Now that they are grown-ups, Claudiu, Titel, Horia and Marcel are known as the resourceful politician, the surgeon who knows people, the adventurous gangster and the millionaire architect. Behind their normal day-to-day activities, such as cocoa transactions or garden gnomes deals, the boys hide serious, money-making businesses. Their last “match” reveals that each of the four friends has a secret plan the others don’t know about, and soon their traditional poker game turns into a ridiculous bluff. While Monica, the politician’s mistress, watches their cat and mouse game with disguised indifference, the boys fail to realize that none of them has the ace up his sleeve…

Red Gloves

In the winter of 1957 the young student of Saxon origin Felix Goldschmidt was arrested by the Securitate in Brasov . After two years of investigations Felix became a witness of the prosecution in the trial against his friends. Is Felix a traitor or a victim?

The Concert

Andrei Filipov, the famous conductor of the largest orchestra in Russia, the Bolşoi Orchestra, considered a genius in the West, is fired during the communist era, in full glory. He refused to give up all the interpreters of his orchestra who were Hebrew, "Jews and enemies of the people", including his best friend, Sasha Grossman. Andrew immersed himself in drink and depression. Now he has 50 years and is still working at Bolşoi. As a janitor ...

The Bolşoi conductor, a former Communist Party official, promised Andrew that he will soon bring back his orchestra, but only to humiliate him in a sadistic manner. He believes that Andrew is old and that anyway he grants him a big favor by keeping him as a janitor.

At a certain point, while rubbing the floors of the director's office, Andrew finds a fax. The Bolşoi Orchestra is invited to play at the Palais Chatelet in Paris in two weeks. Bolşoi would in the last moment replace the Philharmonic of San Francisco, originally planned by the French, but announced that it is no longer available.

Andrew steals the fax and devises a crazy plan: In two weeks he will look up all his old orchestra musician friends, a varied bunch now living in Moscow as taxi drivers, porn film compositors, windshield wipers, merchants on black markets ... His plan is to go to Paris under the name of the great Bolşoi Orchestra from Moscow. Will they defy destiny and take revenge!? Will they succeed?

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