61st TIFF: Greek premiere

Transylvania, end of the 19th century. Wealthy landowner Nikolai invites a group of distinguished guests in his luxurious manor, among which a decorated general, a politician, and several members of the aristocracy. In an idle ambiance, the banqueters engage in heated philosophical and political debates, gradually revealing their different moral and cultural standpoints. A chamber drama of exquisite dialogue orchestration and tableau vivant aesthetics that recreates an entire era, echoing the intrinsic arrogance of the ruling class.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Cristi Puiu
Script: Cristi Puiu, adaption of a text by Vladimir Solovyov
Cinematography: Tudor Panduru
Editing: Dragoș Apetri, Andrei Iancu, Bogdan Zărnoianu
Sound: Christophe Vingtrinier, Jean-Paul Bernard
Actors: Frédéric Schulz-Richard, Agathe Bosch, Diana Sakalauskaité, Marina Palii, Ugo Broussot, István Téglás
Production: Mandragora, Iadasarecasa
Producers: Anca Puiu, Smaranda Puiu
Co-production: Sense Production, Cinnamon Films, Bord Cadre Films, Doppelganger, Film i Väst, Produkcija 2006 Sarajevo, Sisters and Brothers Mitevski
Co-producers: Milan Stojanović, Ivica Vidanović, Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal-Zade, Andreas Roald, Jörgen Andersson, Kjell Åhlund, Peter Possne, Mirsad Purivatra, Labina Mitevska
Sets: Cristina Barbu
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia
Production Year: 2020
Duration: 200΄
Contact: Shellac
Awards/Distinctions: Encounters Award for Best Director – Berlin IFF

Cristi Puiu

Cristi Puiu is the writer and the director, known for the award-winning films: The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu (2005), Aurora (2010), and Sieranevada (2016). He is considered the initiator of the Romanian New Wave and one of the most significant filmmakers today.


2001 Stuff and Dough
2005 The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu
2010 Aurora
2016 Sieranevada
2020 Malmkrog