• Director-Screenwriter

    Radu Jude

  • Producer

    Ada Solomon

  • With

    Katia Pascariu, Claudia Ieremia, Olimpia Mălai

  • Romania-Luxembourg-Croatia-Czech Republic 2021. 106min

  • UK Distribution

    Sovereign Film Distribution

  • Language

    Romanian

    With English subtitles

  • Certificate

    18

Produced under conditions of lockdown, Jude’s uncompromising satire is a relentless attack on prejudice and hypocrisy. Divided into three parts, Jude describes it as a ‘sketch for a popular film’. The first follows Emi as she walks through the COVID-emptied streets of Bucharest. The second – a dictionary of ‘anecdotes, signs, and wonders’ – embraces the construction of Ceausescu’s palace, Church support for dictatorships and other excesses. In the third, Emi faces a parents’ tribunal that becomes an exercise in misogyny and racism, with extensive recourse to the internet. Hardcore images disturb, but are also demystified by their context. Coming from the director of Aferim! and Scarred Hearts, it’s a striking antidote to complacency.

Peter Hames

Please note this film contains flashing images/strobing. It also contains strong real sex, nudity, sexually abusive behaviour, and very strong language.

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