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7 March 2014 (Romania) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A group of Romanian communists robs the National Bank. But why? See more (13 total) »



Vera Farmiga ... Alice

Mark Strong ... Max Rosenthal

Harry Lloyd ... Virgil

Anton Lesser ... Holban

Joe Armstrong ... Razvan

Allan Corduner ... Flaviu

Tim Plester ... Dumi

Christian McKay ... Iorgu

Monica Barladeanu ... Sonia

Darrell D'Silva ... Minister
John Henshaw ... Judge

Corneliu Ulici ... Agent
Gwyneth Keyworth ... Lidia

Martin Hancock ... Prosecutor

Andrew Buckley ... Gogo

Paul Jesson ... Studio Manager

Stuart McQuarrie ... Damaceanu

Smaranda Luna ... Prostitute 1
David de Keyser ... Moritz
Frances Cuka ... Sarah

Martin McDougall ... Prison Commander

Radu Bânzaru ... Viorel

Radu Iacoban ... Security Officer

Florin Penisoara ... Drunk soldier

Alan O'Silva ... Production Manager (as Alin Olteanu)

Grant Gillespie ... TV Host
Ed Gaughan ... Defense Attorney
Ionut Grama ... Boris

Marcin Walewski ... Mirel
Cristian Bota ... Officer
Orlando Petriceanu ... Gaffer 1

Marius Florea Vizante ... The Comandant
Isaiah Michalski ... Young Max

George Burcea ... Security Officer

Gabriel Constantin ... Securitate Agent
Ioana Chitu ... Continuity Girl
Dominte Cosmin ... Policeman
Mihai Cojocaru ... Soldier 1

Directed by
Nae Caranfil 
Writing credits
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Produced by
Michael Fitzgerald .... producer
Denis Friedman .... producer
Penelope Glass .... executive producer
Alessandro Leone .... producer
Bobby Paunescu .... producer
Renata Ranieri .... producer
Richard Romero .... associate producer
Ugo Tucci .... executive producer
Original Music by
Laurent Couson 
Cinematography by
Marius Panduru 
Film Editing by
Catalin Cristutiu 
Larry Madaras 
Roberto Silvi 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Laura Grosu 
Lissy Holm 
Liliana Toma 
Production Design by
Christian Niculescu 
Set Decoration by
Andreea Popa 
Costume Design by
Doina Levinta 
Makeup Department
Lucas Coulon .... key hair stylist
Andreescu Maria .... co-key makeup artist
Laura Ozier .... key makeup artist
Elena Tudor .... co-key hair stylist
Manuela Tudor .... assistant hair stylist: crowd
Production Management
Bogdan Dumitru .... post-production supervisor
Lukasz Poninski .... Studio executive: Alvernia Studios
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anca Butoi .... second assistant director
Brian W. Cook .... first assistant director
Matei Lupu .... 3rd AD Trainee
Matei Lupu .... Cast Assistant #2
Mariuca Petre .... first assistant director: Romania
Art Department
Onica Cosmin .... painter assistant
Ghinea Diana .... assistant art director
Cristian Mihaila .... prop buyer
Alina Petrini .... art department coordinator
Andrei-Florian Popa .... draftsman
Mihai Stanciu .... head painter
Adrian Ungureanu .... painter
Laurentiu Zarnoianu .... property master
Sound Department
David Bach .... dialogue/adr supervisor
Philippe Bouchez .... boom operator
Inu Chivu .... cable man
Alexandru Dumitru .... sound editor (foley recordist, foley editor)
Marius Leftarache .... sound designer
Timothy D. McKeown .... dialogue editor
Florin Tabacaru .... dialogue editor
Florin Tabacaru .... re-recording mixer
Florin Tabacaru .... supervising sound editor
Dominique Vieillard .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Stegaru Adrian .... special effects
Stegaru Adrian .... weapons coordinator
Madalin Dragan .... stunt double: Joe Armstrong
Mihai Iliescu .... stunt double: Mark Strong
Petre Marin .... stunt performer (as Marin Petrica)
Andrei Vintileanu .... stunts
Cosmin Padureanu .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ciobanu Alin .... electrician
George Budescu .... video assist operator
Daniel Ciobanu .... electrician
Radu Cioplea .... second assistant camera
Nica Constantin .... focus puller
George Dascalescu .... "a" camera operator
George Ivascu .... grip
Erwin Landau .... camera operator
Erwin Landau .... steadicam operator
Cristi Lupu .... second assistant camera
Sorin Nainer .... still photographer
Dan Nanoveanu .... camera operator
Dana Nicolaescu .... film loader
Richard Romero .... additional camera
Adrian Sandor .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Marta Leone .... casting: Poland (as Marta Dudkiewicz)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adina Bucur .... costume supervisor
Mariana Bujoi .... costume assistant
Florina-Anca Oprea .... breakdown artist
Diana Sav .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Edo Brizio .... associate editor (as Edward Brizio)
Mihai Codleanu .... assistant editor
Alexandru Enache .... credits designer
Location Management
Marius Dobrean .... location manager
Mihai Mitrea .... location manager
Music Department
Laurent Couson .... musical director
Alexis Marzin .... assistant music mixer
Piotr Witkowski .... music score recordist
Transportation Department
Radu Vaida Muntean .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Cristian Coman .... production assistant
Ruxandra Ghitescu .... script supervisor
Stéphane Larquemin .... administrator
Marta Leone .... production secretary (as Marta Dudkiewicz)
Isabela Opran .... production coordinator
Luana Popa .... assistant line producer
Virginie Simon .... legal advisor
Lucia Toderiuc .... production accountant
Nell Voss .... assistant to executive producer
Huma Khan .... director legal post production (uncredited)

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112 min
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Did You Know?

Prior to filming Closer to the Moon (2014) with Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong played the male lead opposite Farmiga's sister Taissa Farmiga in the film Anna (2013/VII).See more »
Title Card:During World War II, the anti-Nazi resistance in Romania was mainly organized by the Communist Party.
Title Card:A number of young Jews joined the cause, believing their freedom would come from the Soviet Union.
Title Card:The Red Army didn't free, but enslave the country, along with the whole Eastern and Central Europe. An iron-fist regime was installed.
Title Card:Former Jewish partisans became part of the governing elite.
Title Card:Their positions started to erode until, by the last years of the 50's, they were being systematically removed from positions of power and influence.
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47 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
A group of Romanian communists robs the National Bank. But why?, 10 March 2014
Author: zoranov from Romania

Unless you have at least some basic knowledge about Communist Romania, this movie might seem very far away from a rating of 10. As the story unraveled, it sucked us into an atmosphere that most of us feel is long gone, and nevertheless, so close to us. It's the period when the first cracks in an apparently perfect egalitarian world started to appear. Robbing a bank with guns in a communist country is like robbing a supermarket of its toilette paper. Money then and there was useless unless you could justify its origin. And that is what makes this story so strange for us. But there are many, many other layers to the story. The cast is great. The historical background is fascinating (at least for us, Romanians). And the cinematography is far above average. This movie was like a breath of fresh air. One full of poisonous gases, as seeing the movie, you will discover that there are many things about the human race that will upset you, but at the same time, air that provokes an uncontrollable laugh. Some people in the audience didn't appreciate the jokes. I did, because I considered it was the only way not to make the most depressing movie in the world. A masterpiece that will most probably be considered as such many years from now, when people will start making movies about our not so egalitarian society.

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