The label “New Romanian Cinema” or “Romanian New Wave Cinema” refers to a group of directors who grew up during the communist era, went through the transition to democracy and are now producing innovative work and regularly winning international prizes.
Director Cristi Puiu says he is more interested in revealing the truth than in attracting huge audiences: “I think that we are in some way condemned to keep running round in the same little circles. We make films for people who are interested in films, who want to see our films, my films.”
Wim Wenders was a special guest at the recent Transylvania International Film Festival held in Bucharest: “Most of the films released today are fantasy, but these Romanian films look at life in a really honest way. At the past and the present, in a really direct way, it’s unflinching, pitiless, and that’s quite unique. I think that it’s a language which is above all, understood by young people across the world – the language of truth.”
4,3,2 won the coveted Palm D’Or at Cannes three years ago but this clear-eyed depiction of clandestine abortion during the Ceausescu era had its critics in Romania.
New Romanian directors are now moving on, exploring difficult issues like immigration, and the generation gap. But they all share the same ambition: making films which reflect reality.
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