Adalbert’s Dream by Gabriel Achim - CINEPUB

Synopsis

The Reenactment 2.0.

Gabriel Spahiu, Doru Ana, Ozana Oancea and Anca Androne are the protagonists of the Romanian film „Adalbert’s Dream”, a black comedy based on a real story that happened in a factory in the ‘80s. While it is one of those Romanian films interested in recovering some aspects of the communist past, the movie proposes a fictional return on May 8, 1986, a day that, at the time, was celebrated with great ceremony, but also hypocrisy and fear in all the factories throughout the country.

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Director: Gabriel Achim
Scriptwriter: Gabriel Achim, Cosmin Manolache
Cast: Gabriel Spahiu, Doru Ana, Ozana Oancea, Anca Androne, Paul Ipate, Mimi Brănescu, Alina Berzunțeanu, Coca Bloos, Adrian Văncică
Produced by: Gabriel Achim, Monica Lăzurean Gorgan
Cinematography by: George Chiper-Lillemark
Film editing by: Cristian Nicolescu, Ioan Ștefan Tatu
Year: 2011
Category: feature film
Genre: comedy, drama
Duration: 98 minutes
Subtitles: n/a
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PLOT SUMMARY

„Adalbert’s Dream” is a black comedy based on a real story that happened in a Romanian communist factory. It’s the 8th of May 1986, the anniversary day of the Romanian Communist Party, only two weeks after the Chernobyl explosion. Most importantly for Romanians, this is the only one day since the football team Steaua Bucharest has won the Champions League in Seville. During this festive atmosphere, Iulica Ploscaru (Gabriel Spahiu) an engineer taking care of the workplace safety, tries to show his artistic abilities experimenting with new techniques by filming his job-related materials.

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Present at numerous prestigious international film festivals, winner of an award for film debut (Gabriel Achim), the Romanian film „Adalbert’s Dream” fills a special position within the category of Romanian films that focus on the communist times, because of its tragic-comical tone and because of its lack of thesism. While other movies approached „big” themes such as the Revolution of 1989, life under the close surveillance of the Secret Police etc., this one stops to sketch the portrait of the ordinary Romanian, the little „resourceful” scumbag who knows how to get on the good side of his bosses and who also organizes secret gatherings to watch movies at his wife’s video player, who also has a lover, directs in an amateurish manner the work safety films, orders to have knives manufactured in the factory for his son’s headmistress and gets away with it all, including the work accident that happens because of him.

This is the human type who best survived communism, not the dissident or the fighter in the revolution, seems to be the message of the Romanian film about communism.”

Reviews:

„A film fan’s «declaration of love», a comedy «successful with audience», a movie «of an epoch» («The Golden Epoch») or just a smart joke, Adalbert’s Dream opens up a new artistic path that the Romanian cinema – with his – considered by some voices – exhausted narrative «minimalism» – can successfully engage.” (Doinel Tronaru – www.agenda.liternet.ro )

Lines:

„I’ve been asking you for a month to make those knives for Sorin’s headmistress.”

„This is not the time and place for artistic judgements. The aesthetics is our responsibility.”                                                                                                      

„What the hell were you doing in the section? What did you ask them to make you this time?”

„And what was it that was so important? It doesn’t matter now… it won’t put his hand back…”

Festivals

  • Reykjavik International Film Festival – Official Competition – Iceland, 2011
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Greece, 2011
  • Transylvania International Film Festival, Romanian Days – Romania, 2011
  • Nashville Film Festival – USA, 2012
  • Bradford International Film Festival – International Competition – Great Britain, 2012
  • Go-East Wiesbaden International Film Festival – Official Competition – Germany, 2012
  • Sofia International Film Festival – Official Competition – Bulgaria, 2012
  • Vilnius International Film Festival – Lithuania, 2012
  • Toulouse International Film Festival – France, 2012
  • IndieLisboa International Film Festival – Portugal, 2014

Awards

Nominations: Best Directing (Gabriel Achim), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gabriel Spahiu), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Doru Ana), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ozana Oancea), Best Screenplay (Gabriel Achim, Cosmin Manolache), Gopo Awards – Romania, 2013

  • Special Mention, Tallinn International Film Festival – Estonia, 2011
  • „Opera Prima” Award, UCIN – Romania, 2012
  • Best First Feature Film (Gabriel Achim), Gopo Awards – Romania, 2013

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