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Closer to the Moon (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 17 April 2015 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Nae Caranfil

Writer:

Nae Caranfil
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Alice
Mark Strong ... Max
Harry Lloyd ... Virgil
Anton Lesser ... Holban
Joe Armstrong ... Razvan
Christian McKay ... Iorgu
Tim Plester ... Dumi
Darrell D'Silva ... Minister
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Moritz
Frances Cuka ... Sarah
Marcin Walewski ... Mirel
Allan Corduner ... Flaviu
Monica Barladeanu ... Sonia (as Monica Birladeanu)
Paul Jesson ... Studio Manager
John Henshaw John Henshaw ... Judge
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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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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Trivia

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 [Great Communist Bank Robbery (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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References Reconstruction (1968) See more »

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It's Magic
Music by Sammy Cahn
Lyrics by Jule Styne
Performed by Loredana Groza
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The Red Army didn't free, but enslaved the country, along with the whole Eastern and Central Europe. An iron-fist regime was installed.
4 November 2018 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong played Romanian Jewish Communists who along with three others plot to rob the Romanian State Bank, a crime punishable by death. The court and country decide to use the case to teach a lesson in propaganda film. The burglars are acting as themselves in this film. The burglary was more about robbing the bank but anti-Communist. There is a nice romance in the film as well. Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong gave the best performances in the film. I would have liked to know more about it. The film was shot on location abroad.


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17 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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EUR4,400,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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