Tuesday, November 6, 2007
12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST
Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu
DVD Provided by Tartan Films www.tartanvideousa.com
16 years after the Revolution and just days before Christmas, a local television station in Bucharest has invited several guests to share their moments of glory, as they allegedly stormed city hall, chanting “down with Ceasescu!,” before Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife fled the presidential palace by helicopter so many years ago.
An alcoholic history teacher and a lonely retiree, who moonlights as Santa, are forced to answer questions from dubious viewers who aren’t overly convinced that the Revolution ever took place in their city.
This is sharp biting satire that is flawless in execution and style. If you can appreciate a truly unique comedy then this is one that you would want to see without a doubt.