- May 8, 2009
Cinepub presents the debut in feature film of Radu Jude, one of the most well-known and appreciated Romanian directors, in the country as well as internationally. Inspired from a real story, originating in the first years of the director’s career, the plot was turned into a feature film that achieved international recognition. Starring some of the most endeared Romanian actors (Vasile Muraru, Șerban Pavlu), the movie also benefits from the exceptional acting of Andreea Boșneag, a teenager at her first experience on the set.
Director: Radu Jude
Scriptwriter: Radu Jude, Augustina Stanciu
Cast: Andreea Boșneag, Vasile Muraru, Violeta Haret Popa, Șerban Pavlu, Andi Vasluianu, Doru Cătănescu
Produced by: Ada Solomon, Stienette Bosklopper
Cinematography by: Marius Panduru
Film editing by: Cătălin F. Cristuțiu
Category: feature film
Duration: 99 minutes
100,519 – Cinepub viewers
Delia (18) has won an expensive car. She comes with her parents to Bucharest for the testimonial shooting – the proof that she really won the prize. During the shooting, Delia has long talks with her parents that eventually turn into ugly arguments: Delia wants to keep it, while her parents want to sell it. What seemed to be a very lucky event in the beginning, eventually becomes, for Delia, an extreme and emotionally painful situation in which she has to rethink and question her family relations.
“The happiest girl in the world” is a Romanian movie that captures the main character’s coming of age. It is an unusual, a glamorous even coming of age out of a childhood in poverty. If she manages to pass the exam at the acting school and leave home, Delia will have the world at her feet. On top of that, she has also won a car in an advertising campaign.
It seems that all limitations have come to an end and Delia can finally spread her wings. It is just that her family is not ready to let her go. The father, played by Vasile Muraru, an actor known mostly for comic parts in Romanian movies, and her mother bring her feet back on the ground regarding family issues. They urge her to sell her car, so they can set up a business and get rid of money problems.
The strong fights, starting with emotional blackmail, threats and ending with her father renouncing her, turn Delia from a child to a mature young woman able to fiercely negotiate with her folks. Only her wings spread a little less in the end.
Radu Jude made a Romanian movie of importance regarding the so-called “savage” capitalism in post communist Romania.
„The humanism of Radu Jude – just like Puiu’s – starts from acknowledging the closeness of human kind to the animal regnum, from noticing the ferocity in our daily relationships. It is a protest against abuses that pass unnoticed (protest validated by the very fact the claim of many of Romanians that nothing happens in the movie), against the emotional delicacy missing from the world.” (Andrei Gorzo – www.aarc.ro )
„Radu Jude’s film drolly charts the efforts of a country to shrug off the drab duds of communism, only to find that the bright colours of capitalism are really no deliverance.” – www.independent.co.uk
„We don’t need a model. That is why we use ordinary people and pay for testimonials.”
„You are impertinent, don’t make me slap you, to get you calmed down.”
„I’m never coming back to you, do you hear me?”
„My name is Frățilă Delia Cristina and I am the happiest girl in the world.”
„You must look happy all the time, but especially when you drink from the juice bottle.”
„Take you car and do what you want with it. But you can’t live in my house any longer. You are not my child anymore.”
- Nominations: Best director (Radu Jude), Best feature (Radu Jude), Best script (Augustina Stanciu, Radu Jude), Best actress in a leading role (Andreea Boșneag), Best actor in a supporting role (Vasile Muraru), Best Editing (Cătălin F. Cristuțiu), Best Sound (Constantin Fleancu), Best costume design (Augustina Stanciu, Radu Jude), Best hair and make-up (feature) (Dana Roșeanu), Gopo Awards – Romania, 2010
- Nomination: Competition 1-2 Award, Warsaw International Film Festival – Poland, 2009 C.I.C.A.E Award, (Forum section), Berlin International Film Festival – Germany, 2009
- Nomination: Woosuk Award, Jeonju International Film Festival – South Korea, 2009
- FIPRESCI Award, LisBoa International Independent Film Festival, Lisbon – Portugal, 2009
- FIPRESCI Award, Sofia International Film Festival – Bulgaria, 2009
- Special mention (Andreea Boșneag), “goEast” Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, Wiesbaden – Germany, 2009
- Golden Tower Award, Palic European Film Festival – Serbia, 2009
- Best script (Augustina Stanciu, Radu Jude), B-EST International Film Festival, Bucharest – Romania, 2009
- Young Hope Award (Andreea Boșneag), Gopo Awards – Romania, 2010