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Aferim! (2015)

An official Marquee International Film Festival selection

Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France | 108 min | NR | DCP | Dir. Radu Jude

It's 1835 -- a police officer and his son are tasked to travel across the Romanian countryside to pursue a runaway gypsy slave. In their journey, they encounter people of different religions and nationalities, each with their own prejudices and opinions on the state of the country. Beautifully shot in black-and-white, this road movie incorporates humor and the absurd to deliver a stunning tale. Alternating between action scenes and surreal dialogue, Radu Jude, one of the youngest voices of Romanian cinema, delivers a Romanian Western that is more than a gripping look at the political and religious landscape of 19th century Eastern Europe. It approaches issues of slavery and racism in a way that resonates dangerously close to home. In the words of Radu Jude, “When we speak of the past, in fact we speak of our perspective of the past.” (Frédéric Boyer, Tribecca Film Festival) "Aferim! is an exceptional, deeply intelligent gaze into a key historical period, done with wit as well as anger." (Jay Weissberg, Variety)

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