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Aferim! (2015)

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 ... 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
Gabriel Spahiu ... Vasile
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mihaela Drãgan Mihaela Drãgan ... Carfin's Wife
Claudiu Dumitru Claudiu Dumitru ... Capetenia robilor
Puiu Mircea Lascus Puiu Mircea Lascus ... Hangiul
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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:

Bravo! See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,892, 24 January 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,706, 12 June 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Radu Jude on the cinematography of Aferim! (2015): "[We used a 35mm] Arricam Lite. Film stock: Eastman Double-X Negative Film. The camera was the choice of our great DP, Marius Panduru. We went for black and white film stock because we wanted a classical look and, since we tried to emulate old Westerns, we thought that this is the best option." [2015] See more »

Goofs

When Carfin gets neutered, there is no blood spilled. See more »

Quotes

Costandin: Woman shall be less castigated than men, as they are dimmer of wit and weaker before sin...
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References Morometii (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Tipto tiptis
Original music composed by Antonie Pantoleon-Petroveanu (as Anton Pann)
Performed by Florin Iordan, Marian Cleante (violin), Sandu Constantin (vocals), Gheorghe Falcaru (whistle)
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Justice for Gypsies
13 June 2015 | by andreeeeiSee all my reviews

Being based on lots of writings from that era, I suppose that this movie reflects a fair image of life in Tara Romaneasca (Wallachia) of the 19th Century, with its' patterns and prejudices. It probably does some justice to today's Romani, when Europe encounters them again and there is no narrative to explain who their ancestors were. And maybe it does some justice to today's Romanians too, when the European public finds out what is the distinction between Romanians and Romani.

The movie can evoke amusement, disapproval, empathy. However, the spectator discovers more and more that comedy turns to tragedy.

I appreciate the fact that Aferim has complex characters that are not entirely positive or negative.


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