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"But perhaps you are hearing it here first: the Romanian new wave has arrived," wrote A.O. Scott in his New York Times feature on the New Wave on the Black Sea and the related multimedia dossier Romanian Cinema Rising (January 2008). See below a (non-exhaustive alphabetical) listing of the most recent Romanian films part of this new have, which have been presented in the US in various festivals and programs dedicated to Romanian cinema.

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12:08 East of Bucharest
Written and Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu
Original title: A fost sau n-a fost?
Romania, 2006, 89 min.

Winner of Camera D'Or in Cannes 2006.
What "Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu’s acutely funny first feature, “12:08 East of Bucharest” , shows how "commemoration of history can raise farce to a whole new level of absurdity"..., showing how "history is made — or at least endured — by the humble and the foolish as well as the brave." (A.O. Scott in The New York Times)

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Adalbert's Dream
Directed by Gabriel Achim
Original title: Visul lui Adalbert
Romania,2011,101 min

Inventively shot with old-school VHS technology to match the drab look of Romania in the ‘80s, Gabriel Achim’s black comedy is based on a real story that took place in a factory at the time.

Directed by: Cristi Puiu
Romania, 2010, 181 min.
Official Selection — Cannes Film Festival, Un certain regard
Official Selection — New York Film Festival

“There is no such thing as a murderer, only people who kill.” With these words writer-director Cristi Puiu qualifies his careful study of contemporary Romanian society and fatal acts – such as murder.

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4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days
Directed by Cristian Mungiu
Original title: 4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile
Romania, 2007, 113 min.

Since it caused a sensation at Cannes and took home the Palme d'Or for Best Film, Cristian Mungiu's 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS has been keeping audiences at the edge of their seats with some of the most breathless and bracing filmmaking of the year. The film is Romania's Official Entry for the 2007 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Directed by Radu Muntean
Original title: Boogie
Romania, 2008, 102 min.
Official Selection of the Directors Fortnight, Cannes 2008; Award For Best Screenwriter at the Hamptons IFF

Boogie was a revelation to me in Cannes, and I was honored to present its North American premiere in the Hamptons this year. Its dissection of relationships, amongst both friends and lovers, was crafted with such nuance and insight. I'm so thrilled that it won our screenwriting award this year. Insight and attention to emotional detail as seen in Boogie is rare in film these days." – David Nugent, Director of Programming, Hamptons International Film Festival

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The Paper Will Be Blue
California Dreamin' (Endless)
Directed by Cristian Nemescu
Original title: California Dreamin’ (Nesfârşit)
Romania, 2007, 155 min.

Pascale Ferran, awarding the film top prize for Cannes' Un Certain Regard, said, "far and above, California Dreamin' is the most lively and liberated film proposal we've seen in our entire ten days."

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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Directed by Cristi Puiu
Original title: Moartea domnului Lăzărescu
Romania, 2005, 154 min.

Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes Film Festival 2005.Theatrical release in the US in 2006.

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The Cage
Directed by Adrian Sitaru
Original title: Colivia
Romania, 2010, 17 minutes

A family’s everyday life becomes tormented when their son brings home an injured pigeon.

Hello!How are you?
Directed by Alexandru Maftei
Original title: Bună!Ce faci?
Romania, 2010, 105 min

Gabriel and Gabriela have been happily married for 20 years but their sexual desire for each other no longer exists. Is this all life has to offer? After each spends a couple of nights chatting with a stranger on the Internet, they both fall in love.

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