Wednesday, August 03, 2005

"Death of Mr Lazarescu" picks up more awards

We haven't seen it yet, but great things are being said about Cristi Piui's "Death of Mr Lazarescu". The Romanian film just picked up both the main award and the Amnesty International Human Rights Award at the 7th Motovun Film festival in Croatia. Prior to that, it received awards at the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF) and Hungary's Alba Regia International Film Festival. It also garnered good reviews at the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.

The tragi-comic story focuses on an ageing resident of a block of flats that involves his neighbours when he feels ill. An ambulance eventually arrives, but the doctors can't agree on a diagnosis. So Lazarescu is shipped from one place to another in the Bucharest night. The script was written by Piui and Razvan Radelescu. Piui was previously the scriptwriter for the Franco-Romanian "Niki and Flo".

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