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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #87. Radu Jude’s Aferim!

Aferim!

Director: Radu Jude // Writers: Radu Jude, Florin Lazarescu

Romanian director Radu Jude’s 2012 sophomore film, Everybody in Our Family was a tense, hysterical familial drama that immediately confirmed his place as one of the country’s most promising new voices. His latest is an ambitious period piece, titled Aferim! (which means, Bravo!) and tackles the subject of Gypsy slavery in the 19th century. The film is headlined by Teodor Corban, a performer who has appeared in some of Romania’s most noted titled, including 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, 12:08 East of Bucharest, and Child’s Pose. We’ve been highly anticipating Jude’s next feature, which apparently filmed last summer.

Cast: Teodor Corban, Toma Cuzin, Mihaela Surbu

Producers: HiFilm’ Productions’ Ada Solomon, Klas Film, EndorFilm.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: While The Happiest Girl in the World and Everybody in Our Family landed in Berlin, based on the ambitious nature of this feature, we’re wondering if Jude might try for a prized slot at Cannes.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com'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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