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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)
A local talk show host organizes an alcoholic professor and a pensioner known for playing Santa Claus to decide whether there was ever a revolution in their town Vaslui.

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Corneliu Porumboiu

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mircea Andreescu Mircea Andreescu ... Emanoil Piscoci
Teodor Corban ... Virgil Jderescu
Ion Sapdaru Ion Sapdaru ... Tiberiu Manescu
Mirela Cioaba Mirela Cioaba ... Doamna Manescu
Luminita Gheorghiu ... Doamna Jderescu
Cristina Ciofu Cristina Ciofu ... Vali
Lucian Iftime Lucian Iftime ... Lica
Annemarie Chertic Annemarie Chertic ... Vera
Petrica Sapdaru Petrica Sapdaru ... Petrica
Catalin Paraschiv Catalin Paraschiv ... Barman
George Guoqingyun George Guoqingyun ... Chen
Constantin Dita Constantin Dita ... Tibi
Daniel Badale Daniel Badale ... Professor
Marius Rogojinski Marius Rogojinski ... Vecin (as Marius Rogojinschi)
Aurelia Tocu Aurelia Tocu ... Maricica Dima (voice)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Romania

Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

29 September 2006 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

12:08 East of Bucharest See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,586, 10 June 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$88,066, 26 August 2007
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42 Km Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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a show of European cinema in Colombia
5 April 2008 | by doloresthomasSee all my reviews

There is really a lot to this movie. Even thought there is almost no evident action, except for the long television broadcast of an obnoxious talk show - even some apparently loose ends or inconclusive stories - the fact is you can ponder on days on this beautiful work of art. Acting is superb in most cases, and images of dusk and dawn in the freezing Romanian winter - so gray, so hard - are pure poetry.

The reference to dogma, among other keen jokes, talks about a clever story writer, and a cultured film maker.

I'm really glad I got to see this movie as a part of the "Eurocine" European movie showcase that visits us these days (april 08) in Bogota and the rest of Colombia. We get a chance to see the best of Romania, a country apparently so far away, yet so close to our hearts.


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