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::THE AFTERNOON OF A TORTURER / DUPA AMIAZA UNUI TORTIONAR::
Direction: Lucian Pintilie
Screenplay: Lucian Pintilie
Cinematography: Calin Ghibu
Editing: Nita Chivulescu
Sound: Andrei Pap
Sets: Gloria Papura
Costumes: Gloria Papura
Cast: Gheorghe Dinica, Radu Beligan, Ioana Macaria, Coca Bloos, Dorina Chriac.
35mm Colour 88' Romania – France
::SYNOPSIS::
Frant Tandara, a former torturer in the Romanian prisons, is ready to confess his crimes to a journalist and a former political prisoner. The two meet him at the train station in Giurgiu, where Tandara, a man with a shy demeanor, welcomes them by offering them flowers. But the confession presents problems right from the start: the tape recorder doesn’t work, Tandara talks too fast or too slow... The protagonist tries to begin the tale by talking about the least significant parts of his life: his father in the military, his education, his wanderings at the end of the war. The journalist tries to pin him down with direct questions about his career as a butcher, but only gets evasive answers. Tandara’s wife intervenes to ask them to stop torturing her husband...

::Lucian Pintilie::
Born in Romania, in 1933, he studied at the Institute of Cinematic and Theatrical Art. He has worked in film, theater and television. From 1974 to 1990 he worked in Paris and, in 1990, he returned to Romania, where he became director of the Studio of Cinematic Creation in Bucharest. In 1998, his feature film Last Stop Paradise won the JuryĘs Special Award at the Venice Film Festival.

FILMOGRAPHY

1965 Duminica la ora 6
1968 Reconstituirea
1973 Paviljon VI
1979 De ce trag clapotele, Mitica?
1991 Le chene
1992 Un ete inoubliable
1995 Trop tard
1997 Terminus Paradis
2000 Dupa amiaza unui tortionar
2003 Niki & Flo