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Cinema of Small Nations
Across four Wednesdays in November, Exeter Phoenix will be hosting the Cinema of Small Nations, a series celebrating film in a uniquely European context. Highlighting some of the very best and most exciting films around, join us as we journey through the cinematic landscapes of Belgium, Scotland, Wales, and Romania.
Child’s Pose (Pozitia Copilului)
Dir. Calin Peter Netzer, Romania, 112 mins, 2013, subtitled.
A winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale in 2013 and an official selection for Romania at the Oscars, Child’s Pose wonderfully captures corruption in Romanian society post-Ceaușescu. As a result, this film follows in an engagingand revealing tradition of filmmaking that has emerged from Romania since at least The Death of Mr Lazarescu and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days in the mid-2000s.
A tragic car accident leads to a dramatic change in the disaffected relationship between mother and son. 60-year old Cornelia and her 34-year old son Barbu are rarely in contact until a car accident leads to the death of a child. A dominant and controlling mother, Cornelia strives to save her son from prison, thereby exposing the rotten core of the system. A stimulating and highly engaging family drama that reveals the seedy underbelly of bureaucracy and society.
WINNER – BEST FILM
‘An engrossing character study and thrilling family drama’
SOUND ON SIGHT
‘Gripping … Goes beyond the thriller genre into deeper waters’
‘Consider this a must-see’
- Wed 23 Nov: 7.30pm