12:08 East of Bucharest

Time:

  • 5pm and 8pm
  • October 12, 2007

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
  • 815 E. Olive Avenue

Synopsis

16 years after the Revolution and just days before Christmas, a local television station in Bucharest has invited several guests to share their moments of glory, as they allegedly stormed city hall, chanting “down with Ceasescu!,” before Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, and his wife, fled the presidential palace by helicopter so many years ago. An alcoholic history teacher and a lonely retiree, who moonlights as Santa, are forced to answer questions from dubious viewers who aren’t overly convinced that the Revolution ever took place in their city.

Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu
In Romanian, with English subtitles
Romania, 2006
89 minutes. NR

Reviews

The buoyant little comedy 12:08 East of Bucharest puts its finger on the problem in the best tradition of East European humor, savvy but concrete, gentle but sharp as a knife.
Deborah Young, VARIETY
[12:08 East of Bucharest] builds a sly and unexpected human comedy out of a dispute over whether a revolution would still be a revolution if nobody showed up.
Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Though it is modest, almost anecdotal, in scale, 12:08 East of Bucharest is also characterized by a precise and sneaky formal wit.
A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES
The buoyant little comedy 12:08 East of Bucharest puts its finger on the problem in the best tradition of East European humor, savvy but concrete, gentle but sharp as a knife.
Deborah Young, VARIETY
[12:08 East of Bucharest] builds a sly and unexpected human comedy out of a dispute over whether a revolution would still be a revolution if nobody showed up.
Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Though it is modest, almost anecdotal, in scale, 12:08 East of Bucharest is also characterized by a precise and sneaky formal wit.
A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.