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12:08 East of Bucharest (2006)
"A fost sau n-a fost?" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  29 September 2006 (Romania)
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It's the 22nd of December. Sixteen years have passed since the revolution, and in a small town Christmas is about to come. Piscoci, an old retired man is preparing for another Christmas ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mircea Andreescu ...
Teodor Corban ...
Virgil Jderescu
Ion Sapdaru ...
Tiberiu Manescu
Mirela Cioaba ...
Doamna Manescu
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Doamna Jderescu
Cristina Ciofu ...
Vali
Lucian Iftime ...
Lica
Annemarie Chertic ...
Vera
Petrica Sapdaru ...
Petrica
Catalin Paraschiv ...
Barman
George Guoqingyun ...
Chen
Constantin Dita ...
Tibi
Daniel Badale ...
Professor
Marius Rogojinski ...
Vecin (as Marius Rogojinschi)
Aurelia Tocu ...
Maricica Dima (voice)
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It's the 22nd of December. Sixteen years have passed since the revolution, and in a small town Christmas is about to come. Piscoci, an old retired man is preparing for another Christmas alone. Manescu, the history teacher, tries to keep up with his debts. Jderescu, the owner of a local television post, seems not to be so interested in the upcoming holidays. For him, the time to face history has come. Along with Manescu and Piscoci, he is trying to answer for himself a question which for 16 years has not had an answer: "Was it or wasn't it a revolution in their town?" Written by Alex

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29 September 2006 (Romania)  »

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€200,000 (estimated)

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$11,586 (USA) (8 June 2007)

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$88,066 (USA) (24 August 2007)
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When a woman and her daughter visit old man Piscoci and ask him to be Santa Claus, the boom mic bobs in and out of the frame at the top of the screen multiple times throughout the shot. See more »

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Well-done Mr. Porumboiu, please continue your good work…
2 June 2006 | by (Hanging Around) – See all my reviews

The film premiered today 2-6-06 at Cluj 5th International Film Festival. I were there… It is not I'm a cine-freak, but I love cinema. After the triumph (Camera d'Or prize) in Cannes of a practically inexistent Romanian filmography, we all were curious about Mr. Corneliu Porumboiu. Well-done Mr. Porumboiu… I should give you a ten, for proving to our fellow -constantly complaining- European fellows that one can make a good film with just a good scenario and without billions of Euros… I have to take away one point because only Almodovar, out of the leaving ones deserves 10, and a second point because,unfortunately your beautiful scenario would not easily strike audiences unfamiliar with the average Romanian. Yet, I did enjoy it and I want to thank you. Please continue your good work…


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