Life in Pipera

The short film “Camelia”, signed by Marian Crisan, tells the story of an ordinary gathering that takes place in a residential area. The story revolves around an absent character (Camelia), who, in spite of that, has a major impact upon the ones present.

Camelia de Marian Crișan - CINEPUB

Director: Marian Crișan
Scriptwriter: Marian Crișan
Cast: Relu Poalelungi, Carmen Lopăzan, Alex Gheorghiu, Adina Lucaciu, Daria Olovinaru
Produced by: Tudor Giurgiu
Cinematography by: Tudor Mircea
Editing by: Tudor Pojoni
Category: short film
Genre: drama
Year: 2011
Duration: 15 minutes
Subtitles: English

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Florin, a thirty something guy, comes back from work. He works as a sales agent for a car company. He and his wife Alina have just moved in their new dream house in the Bucharest residential area. Secretly wanting to meet Camelia, who is in town for the week, Florin invites some old friends over. It’s Tuesday and his wife thinks it’s not the right moment. But Camelia leaves Bucharest to fly back to New York on Friday so this is the last chance for Florin to see Camelia again.

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A couple has just moved in a dream house in a residential area. They have a healthy child whom they can offer everything. Their life is perfect. And yet… Contrasting with those short films of the New Wave that explore the Romanian periphery, „Camelia” approaches a less popular subject: lack of communication, loneliness on the background of an apparently satisfying life.

The conversation about car, grill, the life in house with a courtyard or the option of breastfeed after implants does not content the main character even though he was the one to initiate the gathering. Camelia’s presence would have changed the situation, but she can’t make it, while the talks about her makes the wife suspicious and generates a conflict inside the couple. It is one of those short films that manages to bring to the front topics not yet very often approached.


„ – Maybe Greece, maybe Bulgaria. At the golden sands.”
„ – Yes, something like that.”


  • Next International Film Festival – Romania, 2011