Sieranevada

Cristi Puiu

IFFR 2017

Limelight

  • 176'
  • Romania
  • 2016
In various guises, death is a regular visitor in the films of Cristi Puiu. For example, in the form of the bankrupt (or at least inefficient) Romanian health service in The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, or as a murderer who has had enough of the complaints of his in-laws in the deliberately strung-out anti-thriller Aurora. The way death and the ghosts of Romania past play a role in Sieranevada is up to the viewer, but it’s always a joy to discover. 
The backdrop is a small apartment in Bucharest, where a group of relatives and friends come together to eat and drink and ritually get annoyed at each other. Through the conversations and observations of the protagonist, a middle-aged doctor, and the camera that moves freely through the cramped spaces, Puiu continuously changes tone and theme and creates a darkly humorous story about the fears and frustrations of his beloved compatriots.
Director
Cristi Puiu
Countries of production
Romania, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
176'
Medium
DCP
Language
Romanian
Producer
Anca Puiu
Production Company
Mandragora
Sales
Elle Driver
Screenplay
Cristi Puiu
Cinematography
Barbu Balasoiu
Editor
Alexander Akoka, Philippe Akoka
Production Design
Cristina Barbu
Sound Design
Jean-Paul Bernard
Cast
Mimi Brănescu, Judith State, Marian Râlea, Rolando Matsangos, Bogdan Dumitrache, Dana Dogaru, Sorin Medeleni
Local Distributor
September Film