Ursul - Dan Chisu - 2011

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We won’t sell our bear!

Goran Bregovic composed the music of this film that was considered „2011’s best Romanian comedy”. „The Bear” is one of those Romanian films that capture the atmosphere of the Romanian society’s early transition after the Revolution of 1989.Șerban Pavlu, Mihai Constantin, Magda Catone, Claudiu Bleonț and Gabriel Spahiu are just a few names composing the cast of a film depicting a colorful and dynamic world, imaginatively created by the director Dan Chișu.

Ursul - Dan Chisu - 2011

Director: Dan Chișu
Scriptwriter: Dan Chișu
Cast: Șerban Pavlu, Mihai Constantin, Magda Catone, Claudiu Bleonț, Gabriel Spahiu, Andreea Grămoșteanu
Produced by: Velvet Moraru
Cinematography by: Vivi Drăgan Vasile (RSC)
Film editing by: Nita Chivulescu
Music: Goran Bregovic
Year: 2011
Category: feature film
Genre: comedy
Duration: 83 minutes
Subtitles: english

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PLOT SUMMARY

At the Bucharest Circus, the new young manager is trying to solve the major financial issues of the company by selling its only bear (old and about to die soon) to German hunters. But the artists do not want to sacrifice their favorite animal so the manager decides to steal the bear and run to the mountains to meet the Germans. A crazy road movie starts in the attempt to trace the bear.

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In Romania after the Revolution of 1989, the transition to „market economy”, grafted on the mentalities and structures of communism and confronted with the rapacity of some who are determined to „manage” at all costs, proves to be a taught one. „The Bear” is a Romanian film that captures the times in which the state institutions fall apart or go bankrupt, the times of pyramid financial schemes, the times of bankruptcies that leave people unemployed and with no prospects for the future.

Despite this context, the idea of the Bucharest State Circus’ new manager to sell the dying bear to a German hunter is strongly rejected by the entire artistic staff. The decision of the same manager to steal the bear, starts a crazy road trip on a soundtrack by Goran Bregovici.

Compared to other Romanian films that set their action during the post-89 period, Dan Chișu’s film sheds the light of comedy over the social difficulties of the time, blurring them by the power of dance, magic and show.

Lines:

„Here! Come on, don’t give up! I’ll bring you blackberries, the kind you love.”

„We’ve stooped to selling the bear now?”

„Guys, we have to be very well organized!”

„I have never loved anybody more than I love this bear. And Cecilia… When I saw him, I remembered her… When I see her, I remember the bear.”

Festivals

  • International Film Festival Vukovar – Croația, 2012

Awards

  • Nomination: Best Romanian Film (Dan Chișu) at Transilvania International Film Festival, 2011
  • Nomination: Grand Prize at Mons International Festival of Love Film – Belgium, 2012
  • „Best Pitch Award” of the International Film Festival Cottbus – Germany, 2008