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Closer to the Moon (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 17 April 2015 (USA)
A Romanian police officer teams up with a small crew of old friends from the World War II Jewish Resistance to pull off a heist by convincing everyone at the scene of the crime that they are only filming a movie.

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Bucharest 1959. A spectacular Bank heist has the country in an uproar. In post-war Communist Romania it is an unimaginable slap in the face to the iron fisted authorities. Four men and a woman are arrested, tried, convicted and while waiting for their execution... are forced to star in a propaganda film about the crime. All five protagonists were heroes of the resistance during the Second World War and highly placed members of Romanian society. They clearly knew they would be caught and executed. Written by Anonymous

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Gang Rosenthala  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Director Nae Caranfil on the historical background and his research: "...usually I don't do very much research. I rely on my imagination but this time, I tried to get every bit of information I could. The best thing I did, in a way, was to get hold of some Israeli Romanian language magazines published in Tel Aviv where they made a whole file over three or four editions of the events with people that were remembering things in very different ways. So, I got very different angles on this story and then, aside from the documentary film [Marele jaf comunist (2004)] made by Alexandru Solomon, I saw another documentary film [Reconstruction (2002)] of which nobody knew in Romania, made by the woman's granddaughter [Irene Lusztig]. She's living in New York and she came to Bucharest in 1999 and made a documentary about her grandmother." [2014] See more »

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Moritz: Lord, in thy great bounty, screw the Bolsheviks, give them every disease in the world, ruin them, burn their houses, and send them back to Moscow, Amen.
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Aleluia it was about time.
1 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

This film it was marvelous. Im proud of my romanian film maker Nae Carnfil. Maybe the movie wont respect all the history in that time. But the cast was excellent the costumes were great.

And what i had liked the most, they respected the black jokes with allot of irony and cinism in them. They showed the crazy leaders were in that time the real murders and how easily were peoples fooled by the system.

The movie 100% need's an Oscar i hope he will get in time. Also a word for Hollywood, "Bro come in Romania start to learn more history and than make more movies with romanian stories"amen.

Message to my fellow romanian brothers, don't try to judge to movie be proud cause you are a ROMANIAN the movie is PERFECT.

10+


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