directed by Bogdan George Apetri
A dark, propulsive thriller about corruption and racism in Romania’s police force;
A small city in Northern Romania. Despite growing debts and an entangled personal life, Florin Iespas - a police detective - is determined to solve a hard case no one seems to care about. Ordered to put down the file, the cop continues his off-the-record investigations, soon turning up a strong lead for two hotel fires that resulted in several deaths. The suspect is Bănel, a security guard of Roma descent, but he denies everything. Faced with the refusal of the Police Chief to support his inquiry, the mistrust of his colleagues, and his own inner demons, the cop is forced to come up with a convoluted plan and take extraordinary measures in order to bring it to its inevitable conclusion. Under the appearance of a sharp, tightly woven detective movie, the film is a story that speaks on issues in the police system, power abuse, sexism, masculinity and prejudice.
DRAMA DCP/4K - 2020 - Romania - 123min
CAST Bogdan Farcas, Dragos Dumitru, Vasile Murar
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE Romanian
PRODUCED BY Fantascope
Bogdan George Apetri is a Romanian filmmaker based in New York. In 2010, he directed and co-wrote the feature film Periferic (Outbound). The film was shown and won awards at some of the best festivals across the world (Locarno, Toronto, Warsaw, Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, Thessaloniki, Viennale). His second feature, Neidentificat (Unidentified) recently has premiered in Warsaw International Film Festival, won Special Jury Prize, and has started its festival circuit with stops in Thessaloniki, and Goa. Bogdan had already shot his third film, Miracol (Miracle), to be released in 2021. As a producer, Bogdan co-produced 3 Backyards by Eric Mendelsohn (Best Directing Award at Sundance), Advantageous by Jennifer Phang (Jury Prize at Sundance), Song Without a Name by Melina Leon (Cannes Official Selection) and Blaze, directed by Ethan Hawke (Best Actor Award at Sundance). He teaches Film Directing at Columbia University.