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Thu Oct 20, 5:30 PM
Director: Alexandru Belc
2022
Romania, France
92 minutes
Unclassified 15+

The beat goes on.

This intelligent winner of Best Direction Prize at Cannes stylishly frames the first love between Ana and her boyfriend in 1972 Romania. He is about to flee the country and they plan to spend their last days together. They attend a parentless party with their young friends where they revel joyously in the music from the west played on Radio Free Europe. They dance and flirt and more, before a knock on the door announces the arrival of Ceausescu’s secret police…

“stylish, richly imagined…handsome, heartfelt …an intelligent, invested homage to this doomed Romanian generation, robbed of the freedoms of adulthood before they’d even got to sample them, unlucky enough to have woken up to life just as the sun went down.” (Variety)

“not all political protest is high-volume and that small acts of individual defiance can have their own power …through her small actions (and, one hopes, awakening) the film pulses with the quiet, steady beat of change.” (Screen Daily)
Best Director, Un Certain Regard section, Cannes

Program Strand Feature Fiction Competition
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Language Romanian
Subtitles English
Director Alexandru Belc
Producer Cătălin Mitulescu, Ruxandra Slotea, Viorel Chesaruâ, Martine Vdalenc, Emmanuel Quillet
Writer Alexandru Belc
Cinematographer Tudor Vladimir Panduru
Editor Patricia Chelaru
Cast Mara Bugarin, Șerban Lazarovici, Vlad Ivanov

Screens with: Possum

Thu Oct 20, 5:30 PM
Director: Lotte Sweeney
Australia
9 minutes
Unclassified 15+

A poignant portrait of sixteen year-old Lucy’s attempt to navigate friendship, alcohol and a first-time sexual encounter. A beautiful and awkward rendering of the high school party.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Shorts Before Features
Age Recommendation Unclassified 15+
Director Lotte Sweeney