Critics who flock to Cannes every year and the cinephiles who can’t get enough of the Romania’s contributions to art-house cinema will be pleased to learn that (according to Filmneweurope) 12:08 East of Bucharest and Police, Adjective helmer Corneliu Porumboiu is currently in post production on his Bucharest-shot third feature entitled, A Nine-Minute Interval. Safe to say that we can pencil in this film about filmmaking as a 2013 Cannes contender as this also happens to be a French/Romanian co-production.
Gist: The logline I’ve managed to piece together is short and sweet, but this tells the story of Paul (Bogdan Dumitrache – The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, How I Celebrated the End of the World, Loverboy, Best Intentions), a young filmmaker apparently working with the digital format.
Worth Noting: Romanian 42km Film’s Marcela Ursu is producing (this is her third time working with Porumboiu) alongside Les Films du Worso’s Sylvie Pialat (Our Children – Cannes 2012).
Do We Care?: Albeit slowish and economical is design, in just two strokes, Porumboiu’s cinema is sharp, mordantly engaging with the kind of humor that matches that of Roy Andersson and/or Aki Kaurismaki.