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Aferim! (2015)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 22 January 2016 (USA)
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Set in early 19th century Romania, a policeman, Costandin, is hired by a nobleman to find a Gypsy slave who has run away from his estate after having an affair with his wife.

Director:

Radu Jude

Writers:

Radu Jude (screenplay), Florin Lazarescu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Teodor Corban ... Costandin
Mihai Comanoiu Mihai Comanoiu ... Ionita
Toma Cuzin ... Carfin Pandolean
Alexandru Dabija Alexandru Dabija ... Boyar Iordache Cîndescu
Luminita Gheorghiu ... Smaranda Cîndescu
Victor Rebengiuc ... Stan Paraschiv
Alberto Dinache Alberto Dinache ... Tintiric
Alexandru Bindea Alexandru Bindea ... Priest on the road
Mihaela Sirbu ... Sultana
Adina Cristescu Adina Cristescu ... Zambila
Serban Pavlu ... Traveler at the Inn
Gabriel Spahiu ... Vasile
Dan Nicolaescu Dan Nicolaescu ... Merchant
Liviu Ornea Liviu Ornea ... Abbot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mihaela Drãgan Mihaela Drãgan ... Carfin's Wife
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Storyline

Set in early 19th century Wallachia, when a local policeman, Costandin, is hired by Iordache, a boyar (local noble), to find Carfin, a Gypsy slave who had run away from the boyar's estate after having an affair with his wife, Sultana. Costandin sets out to find the fugitive, beginning a journey full of adventures. Gypsy slavery lasted from the 14th century up until the middle of the 19th century, a situation which is very little known and almost nonexistent in the public debate today, although its impact continues to influence Romania's social life.

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Language:

Romanian | Turkish | Romany

Release Date:

22 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aferim! See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,892, 24 January 2016

Gross USA:

$108,110

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$350,110
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2.35 : 1
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The story is fictional, but director Radu Jude said in the NY Times (Sept. 8, 2015) that he drew on the historical record. Before shooting began, he held a script reading with 20 historians and made adjustments in response to their input. See more »

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When she talks with Constandin, Smaranda calls him Carfin once. See more »

Quotes

The Priest: Each nation has its purpose. The Jews, to cheat, the Turks, to do harm, us Romanians to love and suffer like Christ. And each has their habits. Hebrews reads a lot, Greeks talks a lot, Turks has many wives, Arabs has many teeth, Germans smokes a lot, Hungarians eats a lot, Russians drinks a lot, English thinks a lot, French likes fashion a lot, Armenians are lazy, Circassians wears much lace, Italians lies a lot, Serbians cheats a lot, Gypsies get beaten! Gypsies must be slaves.
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Connections

References The Moromete Family (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Bat-o sfantu' de lupoaie
Composed by Antonie Pantoleon-Petroveanu
Performed by Trei Parale: Florin Iordan (cobza, whistles, flute), Daniel Pop (whistle), Mihai Balabas (violin), Beatrice Iordan (cobza), Dinu Petrescu (drum) (as Dinu Traian Petrescu)
Recording, mixing and mastering by Constantin Grajdian
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'Fear is shameful but healthy. It is God's gift.'
23 June 2016 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

A grand film from Romania, directed with surety by Radu Jude, is even stronger because it is dealing with age old bigotry against gypsies, offered in contemporary language (many F bombs here – at least in the translation) that suits the theme well, and since we are dealing with prejudices on every level, the choice to make the film in Black and White makes it all the more pungent.

AFERIM! Is not only an interesting historical statement, but it is also a parody of the religious practices of the 19th century – Christian monasteries and encountered priests on the road speak of why gypsies are inferior descendants of Noah's son Ham and there for are to be reviled. But gypsies are not the only people who are mocked by the father/son travelers in this quest for capturing a renegade gypsy: the father speaks about the nasty traits of the Turks, the Greeks, the English, the French, etc etc etc leaving no one in the world (which by the way is not round but ends in a precipice!). But on to the story – and there is one worth seeing: 'Set in early 19th century Wallachia, when a local policeman, Costandin, is hired by Iordache, a boyar (local noble), to find Carfin, a Gypsy slave who had run away from the boyar's estate after having an affair with his wife, Sultana. Costandin sets out to find the fugitive, beginning a journey full of adventures. Gypsy slavery lasted from the 14th century up until the middle of the 19th century, a situation which is very little known and almost nonexistent in the public debate today, although its impact continues to influence Romania's social life.'

This little film slipped by viewers and it is hopeful that under the auspices of BIG WORLD PICTURES it will garner enough attention that audiences today will witness the very profound lessons it tells with such a gift of comedic dialogue. We all have much to learn from this film.


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