How many were they in all?

One of those short films that x-ray the Romanian society during the economic crisis. A movie about the conflict between different generations and mentalities, with a significant presence in festivals.

The Counting Device by Daniel Sandu - CINEPUB

Director: Daniel Sandu
Scriptwriter: Daniel Sandu
Cast: Alexandru Georgescu, Cătălin Stelian
Produced by: Daniel Sandu
Cinematography by: George Dăscălescu
Film editing by: Codrin Iftodi
Category: short film
Genre: drama
Year: 2011
Duration: 20 minutes
Subtitles:  english
Territories: –

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Mircea and George are required to count the vehicles driving on the national roads, for EU statistics purposes. But they have different opinions about the work they must do and their friendship turns into conflict.

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„The Counting Device” is among those Romanian short films that capture, in a simple, but highly comic story, typical aspects of the economic crisis in Romania. On this background, as well as on a Kafka-like situation’s (the uncle and the nephew who wants to get a job at the former’s work place have to count the cars that pass by on the road for a highway project sponsored by the European Union) opposite mentalities clash (the uncle – ritualistic, the nephew – relaxed and in no mood for work) only to meet in a common point that very well describes a characteristic feature of the Romanian: the double standard that is applied by both the elderly and the young, both towards their bosses and, sometimes, towards themselves.

A film that touches upon the blind spots of the contemporary Romanian society and upon problematic aspects of its members’ morals, included in the Romanian shorts online category on


“I said one of these days, not today. I have to talk to the boss, it’s not that easy”
“Come on, Mircea, do this one for my sister.”

„If you’re dedicated… Learn from me… do your job… you earn your living.”

„You have an earring?
Take it off.”

„Who’ s counting the cars that pass by during the lunch break?”

A two. And a three.”

„Did you fill these from your arse?

„Look , son… Your purpose here is the job. The paycheck. That’all. Not questioning stuff like a smart ass.”


  • Sarajevo Film Festival, Competition – Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011
  • Cinemed International Mediterranean Film Festival in Montpellier – France, 2011
  • Cambridge Film Festival – Great Britain, 2011
  • Transylvania International Film Festival, Romanian Days – Romania, 2010
  • NexT International Film Festival – Romania, 2010