UK Premiere. Followed by Q&A with director Stere Gulea
(2018 | Romania | Drama | 110 min | in Romanian, with English subtitles)
Stars: Horatiu Malaele, Iosif Pastina, Dana Dogaru, Razvan Vasilescu, Gheorghe Visu, Oana Pellea, Andi Vasluianu, Ion Caramitru
Released in 1987, Stere Gulea’s The Moromete Family slowly became known as the “best Romanian adaptation ever”. Three decades later, the director comes back to his popular characters in Moromete Family: On the Edge of Time, which is set in the 1940s, as Romania gradually succumbs to communism. We see the horrors of collectivisation from the perspective of the Morometes, mainly the family’s patriarch, Ilie (Horatiu Malaele, who very convincingly replaces Victor Rebengiuc from the original film).
“The drama of the peasants who see their world – governed by the whims of nature, their own hard work and the law of the market – being replaced by something they consider unnatural and abusive. “ (Stefan Dobroiu for Cineuropa)