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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #91. Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure

The Treasure

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu // Writer: Corneliu Porumboiu

One of the frontrunners of the Romanian New Wave thanks to his 2006 debut 12:08 East of Bucharest, Porumboiu has remained one of the most consistent members of the wave with successful followup films Police, Adjective (2011) and When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2013). Already snapped up by foreign sales co. Wild Bunch, this sounds like a bit of a departure so far, vaguely described as a film about two men and their various misadventures on a quest for treasure. With films that tend to revolve around eloquent, highly intelligent conversation, Porumboiu is well worthy of a slot on any lists of anticipation.

Cast: Toma Cuzin

Producers: 42km Film’s Corneliu Porumboiu, Les Films du Worso, Rouge International, Marcela Ursu (When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism).

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: Filmed in October over a period of about a month, Cannes is most likely a sure bet, either as an Un Certain Regard entry, or possibly it will receive a slot in the main competition.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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