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Blue Moon

Directed by Alina Grigore
2021
Romania
85 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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A young woman rebels against her dangerously dysfunctional family in the gripping first feature by Romanian writer-director Alina Grigore. Winner, Best Film, San Sebastian.
It’s only a few hours’ drive to Bucharest but it seems like a world away to Irina. An intelligent 22-year-old, Irina wants to study in the capital but feels coerced into working at the country hotel run by the violent and abusive men in her extended family. This toxic atmosphere of in-fighting, mind games and simmering resentment has also deeply affected Irina’s volatile sister, Vicki. Things begin to change when Irina makes an unexpected and unorthodox connection with Tudor, a married actor. Grigore’s fearless and confronting screenplay is matched by Ioana Chitu’s outstanding performance as the vulnerable yet coolly determined young woman who wants to finally start living her own life.
An assured and absorbing first feature; another gift from contemporary Romanian cinema.
Deborah Young, The Film Verdict
Grigore has a sharp, live-wire sense of scene-building, and a confident knack for pushing her actors.
Guy Lodge, Variety
Combines nerviness, understated humour and a terrific lead performance by Iona Chitu.
Jonathan Romney, Screen International

Special Guest

Alina Grigore
Director
Alina Grigore is an actor, a screenwriter of four short films and a Berlinale Talents alumni (2018). Her first feature film, Blue Moon won the Golden Shell for best film at the San Sebastian Film Festival, 2021.

Tickets

Sat 11 Jun
4pm
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Past Event Cancel
Tue 14 Jun
8:15pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Europe! Voices of Women in Film
Original Title
Crai Nou
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Romania
Language
In Romanian with English subtitles
Director
Alina Grigore
Producer
InLight Films
Cast
Ioana Chitu, Mircea Postelnicu, Mircea Silaghi
Screenwriter
Alina Grigore
Cinematographer
Adrian Paduretu
Editor
Mircea Olteanu, Costi Zaharia
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Women Directors, Festival Award Winners, Focus on Women
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Patra Spanou Film
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