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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #7. Corneliu Porumboiu’s A Nine-Minute Interval

A Nine-Minute Interval

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Writer: Corneliu Porumboiu
Producers: Romanian 42km Film’s Marcela Ursu and Les Films du Worso’s Sylvie Pialat
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Bogdan Dumitrache (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu) and newbie Diana Avrămuţ

With his Cannes’ Camera d’or winning debut film, 12:08 East of Bucharest (’06), he deftly captured Romania’s revolution, with his second, the Un Certain Regard in 2009 Jury Prize and Fipresci Prize winning Police, Adjective (’09) Porumboiu’s antithesis of a police thriller where bureaucracy trumps democracy. His third feature falls under the perfect cinematic snack food: the sub-genre of films about filmmaking. Should be just as witty.

Gist: Paul (Bogdan Dumitrache), a young filmmaker apparently working with the digital format.

Release Date: In post-production since December-ish, expect this to be launched at the festival where has been supported by and has made his name. Cannes – Un Certain Regard section for a second time in a row appears likely, unless the Main Competition comes calling.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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