Romanian Film Festival Seattle 2020 [Online]

Malmkrog (Discussion on Nov. 15)

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On Nov. 15 at 11:00am PST, the festival presents a Zoom discussion about Malmkrog with film critic Monica Filimon, author of Cristi Puiu: Ineffable Experiences of the Profane World. This talk will be LIVE on this page at that time, then will be recorded and added to this film playlist for later viewing. You may also view it here, on NWFF's Vimeo. Please note: this film program and its accompanying livestream are available only to viewers in the United States.

Cristi Puiu’s most recent film is a three-in-one project: it is an adaptation of Vladimir Solovyov’s Three Conversations, a period drama beautifully recreating the turn of the twentieth century, and a philosophical symposium. Divided into 6 parts—one for each protagonist—this study of the well-mannered, yet intellectually fierce and, at times, condescending, theoretical debates, present a “slice of life” that froze in its eternal futility.

Only years before WWI, in an aristocratic manor somewhere in Transylvania, the wealthy businessman Edouard, the landowner Nikolai, the young and naïve Olga, the mature and ironic Madeleine, Ingrida—the wife of a Russian general—and the butler Istvan exchange ideas on war and peace, good and evil, religion, identity, and politics.

Malmkrog is a grand feast for the eye as it is for the mind: the abundance of visual details is matched by the dialogue packed with hard concepts. Winner of the Encounters Award for the Best Director at Berlin Film Festival, Cristi Puiu declared that his film is “prophetic.”

  • Year
  • Runtime
    201 minutes
  • Language
    French, Hungarian, German & Russian
  • Country
    Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Bosnia Herzegovina & Macedonia
  • Director
    Cristi Puiu
  • Screenwriter
    Cristi Puiu, after Vladimir Solovyov's Three Conversations
  • Producer
    Bord Cadre Films, Film i Väst, Mandragora
  • Cast
    Agathe Bosch, Frédéric Schulz-Richard, Diana Sakalauskaité , Ugo Broussot, Marina Palii, István Téglás, Bogdan Geambasu
  • Editor
    Dragoş Apetri, Andrei Iancu, Bogdan Zărnoianu