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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Directed by Radu Jude
2021
Romania
106 minutes
R 18+
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Opening with an extremely explicit, long and awkward homemade sex tape, Radu Jude’s incendiary and hilarious critique of Romanian society won the Berlinale Golden Bear.
A cinematic provocateur with a wicked sense of humour, Jude (Aferim!, SFF 2015) takes his satire to bombastic levels in his new film. Emi is a teacher at a prestigious school. Her personal sex tape is uploaded to the internet, and then widely viewed by her students and their highly irate parents. Following the lewd opening scene, Jude divides the film into three parts. In the first, we follow Emi on a long walk through the streets of Bucharest, where she encounters all manners of abuse; just a regular day out, it is suggested. In the second, we are treated to an outrageous "dictionary" of obscenities skewering everything from colonialism to the church. And the third is the final showdown as Emi is forced to defend herself before a group of parents who demand her dismissal. Jude poses the question: what is really obscene? An inept sex tape, or a contemporary society filled with misogyny, racism, ignorance and hypocrisy? The path he takes to answering that question will repel, shock and even delight.

Radu Jude is a Romanian director and screenwriter whose feature debut The Happiest Girl in the World (2009) was selected for more than 50 international film festivals. Subsequent films such as Aferim!, Scarred Hearts, Everybody in Our Family and I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians followed and won multiple awards around the world. Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale earlier this year.
His barbed satirical tone frequently recalls the late 1960s peak of the Czech New Wave and the Yugoslavian “Black Wave” movement, which mingled sexually daring imagery with genuinely courageous criticism of repressive Communist regimes. That ingrained tradition of Eastern Bloc cynicism toward authority clearly lives on.
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
The film is a contemptuous slap at boredom, at hypocrisy and at everything petty and mean.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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Program Strand
Official Competition
Year
2021
Classification
R 18+
Country
Romania, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Croatia
Language
In Romanian with English subtitles
Director
Radu Jude
Producer
Ada Solomon
Cast
Katia Pascariu, Claudia Ieremia, Olimpia Mălai
Screenwriter
Radu Jude
Cinematographer
Marius Panduru
Editor
Cătălin Cristuțiu
Genre
Arts, Cinephile, Festival Award Winners, Filmmaking, Focus on Women, Gender & Sexuality, Off-Beat, Politics & Economics, Religion & Belief, Comedy
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Potential Films
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