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Directed by Radu Jude • 2015 • Romania
Starring Teodor Corban, Mihai Comanoiu, Toma Cuzin
Radu Jude’s international breakthrough is a picaresque odyssey through nineteenth-century Romania that tackles one of the most shameful episodes in the country’s history: the enslavement of the Roma people. As a bounty hunter (Teodor Corban) and his son (Mihai Comanoiu) scour the mountains for a fugitive slave (Toma Cuzin), they are thrown into a series of encounters by turns scathingly funny and horrifying. Shot in glimmering, widescreen black and white, AFERIM! plays like a classic western spring-loaded with cutting social commentary, bringing the cacophony of its times strikingly to life.