Sniper’s nest by Radu Bărbulescu - CINEPUB


Indecent proposal.

One of those Romanian short films with a surprising turning point, „Sniper’s nest” is very much present in the short films festivals’circuit. Directed and written by Radu Bărbulescu, it is the winner of Audience Award in the international short films competition at Anonimul Film Festival, 2015.

Sniper’s nest by Radu Bărbulescu - CINEPUB

Director: Radu Bărbulescu
Scriptwriters: Radu Bărbulescu
Cast: Toma Cuzin, Tatiana Iekel, Adina Lucaciu
Produced by: Iuliana Tarnovețchi
Cinematography by: George Dăscălescu
Editing by: Cristian Nicolaescu
Category: short film
Genre: drama
Year: 2015
Duration: 20 minutes
Subtitles: English

18,077 – Cinepub viewers


A sniper is planted inside a top floor apartmnet to keep the area secured for the ongoing NATO summit. He discovers the owner of the apartment lying in bed – a half paralyzed, old woman, that never talks. Once Neluța, the caretaker is gone, the two of them are left together in an awkard silence. Suddenly, the old ladymakes the snipper an odd request that will change both of their lives.

Read more…

In the „nest” there are a fully armed soldier and an old, paralyzed woman. Everything that suggests power is with the former, everything that suggest powerlessness is with the latter. And yet, the balance can turn upside down in the most unexepected way.

A particularly ingenious construction in Cinepub Romanian short films online collection.


„Can you at least remove your hood?”
„I mean if you have to, you’ll shoot somebody from our place?”
„ When I saw you’re not answering any of my questions, I said to myself why should I tell him anything?”
„It’s getting smelly in here, ma’am. What can we do cause she is definitely not coming back tonight?”
„Seriously, can you shoot me? Please.”


  • International Festival Signes de Nuit, 2017
  • Prague Short Film Festival, International Competition – Czech Republic, 2017
  • Art Film Fest, Kosice – Slovakia, 2016
  • Odense International Film Festival, Official Competition – Denmark, 2016
  • Tampere International Film Festival, International Competition – Finland, 2016
  • NexT International Film Festival, National and International Competition – Romania, 2016
  • Zubbrofka International Film Festival, Eastward Window Competition – Poland, 2015
  • Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival, International Competition – Estonia, 2015
  • Timishort International Film Festival, National Competition – Romania, 2015
  • Transilvania International Film Festival, Romanian Days Competition – Romania, 2015


  • Special Jury Mention, Best Short of the Year, Autumn Edition, Madrid – Spain, 2017
  • Best Short award, Buzău International Film Festival, BUZZ CEE – Romania, 2016
  • Audience Award for Best Romanian Short, Anonimul International Film Festival – Romania, 2015

Video & Photo