Synopsis

“The Anniversary”, a film about faith and loneliness, directed by Dan Chişu, with Mircea Albulescu, in his last role, Simona Bondoc, Emilia Dobrin, Lucian Ifrim, Emanuel Pârvu and Răzvan Vasilescu.

The Anniversary - feature film by Dan Chisu - CINEPUB

Directed by: Dan Chișu
Script: Dan Chișu
Cast: Mircea Albulescu, Simona Bondoc, Emilia Dobrin, Lucian Ifrim, Emanuel Pârvu, Răzvan Vasilescu
Producer: Libra Film Productions, Peter Strickland, Tudor Giurgiu, Oana Giurgiu
Cinematography: Liviu Pojoni Jr.
Edited by: Nicolae Claudiu Trif, Dan Chișu
Year: 2017
Category: feature film
Genre: fiction
Duration: 86 minutes

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PLOT SUMMARY

At Radu Maligan’s 94th anniversary the family members and the former colleagues of the old man come to his birthday party. Everything gets complicated when half of the guests try to convince Radu to confess his sins to a priest, while the others think that no one should be forced to do something beyond their will.

More details …

On the anniversary of Mr. Maligan’s 94th birthday, the whole family, friends and former co-workers who are still alive gather. The family of three generations – children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren – gathers from all over the country. Maligan’s former colleagues are also invited to the anniversary, where we learn that he had an important position in the communist nomenclature, being perhaps the most important head of the State Security services. His family benefited from important positions even after the change of regime, being well placed in the elite of the new leadership.

The main conflict of the film is that Radu is an atheist, and half of the family tries to convince him to confess for the forgiveness of the sins accumulated during his life. The other half insists that his conviction be respected. For the whole family, this anniversary is the time when the decision must be made.

What critics say:

The Anniversary, Dan Chişu’s seventh feature film, is part of a recent concern of Romanian directors to focus on religious issues or, rather, the dilemmas raised by religion, the relationship between man and God. After another recent premiere, the feature film One Step Behind the Seraphim (directed by Daniel Sandu), The Anniversary addresses, albeit in a different register, another religious issue – confession. The presentations prior to the release of the film in cinemas gave me the impression that I should expect a film-debate on the topic “to confess or not”. But this film is more, as the director Dan Chişu declares, about loneliness. More than religion, loneliness is portrayed in the 86 minutes of the film, as an insect placed under a microscope, trapped in the spider’s web of family relationships. (Andreea Nanu, www.revista22.ro)

Festivals/Awards:

  • Nomination, Grand Prix, Warsaw International Film Festival, 2017
  • Nomination, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Emanuel Pârvu), Gopo Awards, 2018
  • Nomination, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Lucian Ifrim), Gopo Awards, 2018
  • Nomination, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Simona Bondoc), Gopo Awards, 2018
  • Nomination, Best Cinematography (Liviu Pojoni Jr.), Gopo Awards, 2018
  • Nomination, Best Sound (Liviu Lupșa, Marius Leftărache), Gopo Awards, 2018

Articles:

  • Dan Chişu’s Family Drama ‘The Anniversary’ Premieres at the Romanian Cinematheque – www.icr-london.co.uk
  • Shooting “The Anniversary” by Dan Chișu – aarc.ro