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Romanian Presence for Cannes 2013?: Police, Adjective’s Corneliu Porumboiu Counts ‘A Nine-Minute Interval’

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 Filmneweurope12:08 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.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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