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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #97. Radu Jude’s Aferim!


Director: Radu Jude
Writers: Radu Jude, Florin Lazarescu
Producer: HiFilm’s Ada Solomon
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Unknown

After receiving an extremely positive reception for his 2012 sophomore film, Everybody In Our Family, director Radu Jude’s next film will be an ambitious period piece. An extensive casting was announced at the beginning of 2013, where Jude wished to use a mix of professional and non-professional actors. The title, which means Bravo, will be likened to an American western, to be filmed mostly in the open.

Gist: The film is set in the 19th century, a time when Gypsy slavery was common. The story revolves around a regional policeman, Costantin, who is hired by a local buyer to find Carfin, a Gypsy slave who had run away from his estate after having an affair with the buyer’s wife. Accompanied by his adolescent son and his deputy Ghita, Costantin sets out to find the fugitive, starting a journey full of adventures..

Release Date: Since we’re unsure of what stage Jude is in with the title, this looks like it would premiere in the last quarter of 2014 if it’s ready in time.

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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), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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