Semiotic Plastic

Plastic Semiotic

62nd TIFF: Greek Premiere

The life of human beings, seen from birth to old age. Only that this generic life is not represented with humans, but with the artifacts that we the humans have created for our children (or should we say “cubs”?), in order to prepare them for life: the toys. So, the film is a collage of scenes in which the toys help us understand better a possible essence of our life.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market.

Direction: Radu Jude
Script: Radu Jude, loosely based on texts by A.P. Chekhov and Gustave Flaubert
Cinematography: Marius Panduru
Editing: Cătălin Cristuțiu
Sound: Mirel Cristea, Marian Bălan
Production: microFILM
Producers: Ada Solomon
Production Design: Cristian Niculescu
Format: Digital File
Color: Color
Production Country: Romania
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 22'
Contact: MicroFILM

Radu Jude

Radu Jude is a Romanian director and screenwriter. In 2006, he made the short film The Tube with a Hat, winner of more than 50 international awards. Jude’s feature debut The Happiest Girl in the World (2009) was selected for more than 50 international film festivals. Titles such as Aferim!, Scarred Hearts, and Everybody in Our Family followed and won multiple awards. The international premiere of The Dead Nation in Locarno 2017 marked his debut in documentary film. “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians” (2018) won the Crystal Globe for Best Film and Label Europa Cinema Prize in Karlovy Vary in 2018. Uppercase Print and The Exit of the Trains (co-directed with Adrian Cioflâncă), premiered in Berlinale Forum 2020. His latest feature, Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, won the Golden Bear in Berlinale 2021. In the summer of 2021, Radu Jude was present in Locarno IFF – Corti d’Autore with the short Caricaturana and in Venice IFF – Out of Competition with the short film Semiotic Plastic. His short The Potemkinists premiered in Quinzaine des Realisateurs 2022 and has travelled in over 20 festivals up to now.


2009 The Happiest Girl in the World
2012 Everybody in Our Family
2015 Aferim!
2016 Scarred Hearts
2017 The Dead Nation (documentary)
2018 “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians”
2021 Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
2023 Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World