Reconstituirea / Reenactment

Date: 
February 24, 2010 - 19:30 - 21:00
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Room: 
Auditorium
Event type: 
Event audience: 
CEU host unit(s): 
Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
Reconstituirea / Reenactment

Reconstituirea / Reenactment

Directed by Lucian Pintilie
Romanian with English subtitles, 1968, 106 min

It is a matter of highly disreputable concern that this sublime film directed by Lucian Pintilie is not so well unknown globally. When a great film like this remains unknown for whatever reasons what hurts the most is the fact that an opportunity has been denied to viewers to watch, understand and appreciate a rewarding film which proffers a multiplicity of interpretations. Reconstituirea is without an ounce of doubt one of the boldest East European films which challenge the repressive hegemony of a communist state albeit in a very circumspect manner. Although punishment or to be precise reeducation of two young boys remains the film's central theme there is also some benign overlapping of many life affirming themes and situations such as first love, friendship, sacrifice, pain, suffering, indifference etc. Lucian Pintilie came into international prominence as Reconstituirea was applauded at Cannes Film festival in 1968 but as it was critical of communist party establishment, Pintilie was banned from traveling to France. This was the high price audacious film makers like him from East European countries had to pay in the past.

The film screening is part of the "APPROACHES TO COUNTER-CULTURAL MOVEMENTS IN EAST-CENTRAL EUROPE" lecture series.