12: 08 East Of Bucharest

SBS ONE, 12.55am, M ( 2006)

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Cor­neliu Porom­boiu’s first-rate de­but ( which earned him the best first fea­ture ac­co­lade in Cannes in 2006) sends up small-town Ro­ma­nian pol­i­tics 16 years af­ter the revo­lu­tion that ousted the iron-fisted leader Ni­co­lae Ceaus­escu. When the small town of Vaslui’s role in the revo­lu­tion comes into ques­tion on a pro­vin­cial chat show the char­ac­ters – an al­co­holic teacher ( Ion Sap­daru) and a pen­sioner who dresses up as Santa ( Mircea An­dreescu) – clam­ber to ce­ment their hero­ism and place in his­tory. The dead­pan de­liv­ery of th­ese de­flated, monochrome anti-he­roes in­jects a dose of wry hu­mour into this in­tel­li­gent satire.

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