- August 16, 2013
Nostalghia never ends.
We gladly present the film “I am an Old Communist Hag”, signed by Stere Gulea, which is based on the novel written by Dan Lungu, in 2007. The main roles were played by the actors Luminița Gheorghiu, Marian Râlea and Ana Ularu.
Directed by: Stere Gulea
Cast: Luminița Gheorghiu, Marian Râlea, Ana Ularu, Șerban Pavlu, Gabriel Spahiu, Coca Bloos, Valeria Seciu, Alexandru Potocean,
Script by: Stere Gulea, Vera Ion, Lucian Dan Teodorovici
Producer: MediaPro Pictures
Cinematography: Vivi Drăgan Vasile
Edited by: Alexandra Gulea
Sound: Cristian Tarnovețchi, Cristinel Sirli
Category: feature film
Duration: 94 minutes
137,351 – Cinepub viewers
Emilia, a card-carrying Communist before the revolution, has nostalgia for the Communist rule in Romania, triggered by two concurrent but unrelated events.
The story takes place in 2010, in a post-communist Romania, in which some of those who fully lived in the communist period don’t seem to fit anymore. The main character and her husband are about to receive a visit from their daughter, who has been living in the States for the last 10 years, and her American boyfriend. While having dinner with her reunited family, she realizes that she actually liked it in the communist era, that she was better off, and that most of the characteristics of a true communist do gather in her.
During the whole movie, she has flashbacks from that “golden” period and somehow tries to recapture what her life once was, while trying to figure out and solve her daughters’ money problems. It is a funny movie, especially for those who know something about communism and what happened then in Eastern Europe, though based on weird yet very real situations people were faced with back then (until 1989).
What critics say:
Go and see the film signed by senior director Stere Gulea and enjoy yourself. A film that also looks back to the past, but without anger. Ceausescu is far from it, even if the film takes place in the 1990s. And the tone is no longer sarcastic, caustic, accusatory. The director, as well as his good collaborator, the cinematographer Vivi Drăgan Vasile, with whom he formed a clever tandem for the acclaimed film „The Moromete Family”, now have the wisdom and the kindness not to use magnifying glasses, or deforming mirrors. (Cristina Zaharia, agenda.liternet.ro)
- Gopo for Best Original Music Score – Vivi Drăgan Vasile
- Gopo for Best Cinematography – Vasilé Şirli
- Gopo for Best Hair and Make-up