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A film by Radu Jude

Disc Specs
2016 / 106 minutes / 2.35:1
English Dolby Digital 5.1


    Silver Bear – Best Director – Berlin International Film Festival; Grand Prize City of Lisboa – IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival; Official Selection – Tribeca Film Festival; selected to represent Romania for the 2016 Academy Awards

    Eastern Europe, 1835. Two riders cross a barren landscape in the middle of Wallachia. They are the gendarme Costandin and his son. Together they are searching for a gypsy slave who has run away from his nobleman master and is suspected of having an affair with the noble's wife. While the unflappable Costandin comments on every situation with a cheery aphorism, his son takes a more contemplative view of the world. On their odyssey they encounter people of different nationalities and beliefs: Turks and Russians, Christians and Jews, Romanians and Hungarians. Each harbors prejudices against the others which have been passed down from generation to generation. And even when the slave Carfin is found, the adventure is far from over...

    Radu Jude’s third feature has been aptly compared to films as diverse as THE SEARCHERS, THE LAST DETAIL and PULP FICTION (the latter for its rambling, coarse and endlessly entertaining dialogues), but the film is ultimately a moving parable about late-feudal Europe developed from historical documents and songs: its power structures and hierarchies, people's ideas of themselves and others, interaction with minorities and the resulting conflicts. A Balkan Western in black-and-white that brings the cacophony of the times strikingly to life and explores the thematic arcs that stretch into the present.

    Jude, whose previous feature films (THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD and EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY) received accolades at numerous festivals in Europe and the US, is also known for a string of prize-winning short films, including THE TUBE WITH A HAT (2006), which took the top prize at Sundance and 15 other awards at festivals around the world. AFERIM! was produced by Ada Solomon’s Hi Film, which also produced Golden Bear winner CHILD’S POSE (2013).

    Special Features

  • Short Film: THE TUBE WITH A HAT (2006) by Radu Jude

    Film Reviews

    "Brilliant!... Sublime!" - A.O. Scott, New York Times (Critics' Pick)

    "Remarkable!... Wildly, bitterly funny!" - Robert Horton, Film Comment (Film of the Week)

    "A comic western... almost early-Jarmuschian." - Michael Atkinson, Village Voice (Critics' Pick)

    "Fabulous!... Sensationally entertaining!... One of the best movies I've seen in a long time... I would not be surprised if it showed up on my best 10 list when we get to the end of the year." - David Sterritt, Films in Focus Podcast


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