Events

RADU GABREA RETROSPECTIVE

ICR New York

17 – 19 octomber 2014

“RED GLOVES” (2010)
“Based on an autobiographical novel by Eginald Schlattner, the film paints Felix as an idealist and fledgling poet, carried away by abstract concepts of transcendent truth that could apply to a wide spectrum of ideologies; he hardly grasps the real world — one suspects he might just as easily have become a Hitler Youth if born a couple of decades earlier.” – Variety, December 27th, 2011

“A LOVE STORY, LINDENFELD” (2013)
“Radu Gabrea found a magic recipe, including the distribution. Victor Rebengiuc and Victoria Cocias are playing magnificent roles, tough roles, on the razor edge. They are like two funambulists over an abyss, endangered to fall any moment, but who succeed a remarkable cross, with a disengagement given by their value.
After you see Gabrea’s film, inspired by the novel “Lindenfled” by Ioan T. Morar, you can think at “Love in the Time of Cholera”, a fascinating story born from the genius of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.” – Grigore Cartianu, June 13th 2014

“RUMENYE, RUMENYE” (2006)
The film director and screenwriter Radu Gabrea reconstruct the history of the Kletzmer genre, instrumental popular Jewish music, formed in Central and Eastern Europe – which became, in time, a symbol of Jewish culture.
Important component of weddings and other Jewish festivities, Kleztmer represent today a bridge between the development of European and Jewish culture, and illustrates also the rebirth of the last. The documentary “Rumenye, Rumenye” (58 min.), produced in 2006, celebrates the inseparable connection between the Romanian and Jewish culture.

“THE GOLFADEN’S LEGACY” (2004)
GOLDFADEN’S LEGACY is a musical romp through the history of Yiddish Theater. From the wine cellars of Rumania to the Broadway stage, this feature documentary is a celebration of the music of Yiddish Theater, its role in the Jewish-American experience and its amazing influence on American popular culture.

“BEHEADED ROOSTER” (2007)
A moving coming of age story in a time of extreme change: on August 23, 1944 in a small city in Romanian Transylvania, the 16 year old Felix Goldschmidt awaits his classmates for their traditional Exitus Party (school graduation). However, this very day the kingdom of Romania takes leave of its ally of many years – Nazi Germany – thus ending the 800 year old, highly successful story of ethnic German immigration at the feet of the Carpathian Mountains. It is a great story of young people’s blindness to the rise of Fascism, the destruction of bourgeois values, a first love and shattered friendships.

“JEWS FOR SALE” (2012)
If it were to be told in a single phrase, the theme of the film could be a description and a debate on the way in which Romania sold the Jews in the communist times. Yet it would be a very simplistic way of describing the largest illegal transaction of the modern history. The film is focused, though, on more subjects. Without being considered a manner to excuse or to accuse, it presents all aspects of the relationship between Romania and Israel since the end of the Second World War until the Romanian Revolution in 1989.”

“GRUBER’S JOURNEY” (2009)
“A Romanian gem
A gripping tale set in Bucharest during the Second World War.
Co-written by award winning Razvan Radulescu (The Death of Mr Lazarescu) and directed by the veteran Radu Gabrea, who has been making films for close to forty years, Gruber’s Journey (2008) is an absorbing tragi-comedy set in war-torn Eastern Europe. It’s based on the novel Kaputt (1944) by Italian author Curzio Malaparte, who is also the protagonist of the story.
Set in Iasi at the time of one of the most violent pogroms in Jewish history, the film is a critical account of the deportation and murder of thousands of Romanian Jews. ”

“BEYOND THE SANDS” (1973)
Two days before the premiere, the “Beyond the Sands” trailer, with peasants shouting confused for justice, caught the attention of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu who asked to see immediately the film. It was forbidden on the ground that the director has mocked the revolution. The film is set in the period 1934-1948. After more than a year, going through major changes required by the censorship of the party, the film had its premiere in May 1974.
In the same year he was selected to Cannes to “Quinzaine des Realisateurs”, being considered  “the best Romanian film of the 70s”.

“A MAN LIKE EVA” (1984)
“A stunning performance… a blood-curdling homage! A hypnotic, unortodox, appropriately profane paean to Fassbinder. A seriously daring contemplation of one of the most gifted, most troubling, most original film makes of his time” – New York Times
“A cinematic mind-boggler! A descent into the peculiar Germanic orgy of Fassbinder’s fevered genius” – New York Post
“A tour of force portrait by Eva Mattes which must rank as one of the most impressive sex crossovers in screen history!” – New York Daily News

“THREE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS” (2012)
The use of media during the so called Romanian revolution aimed not to inform, but to manipulate and falsify reality. The film used the TV footage to underline the passage and the flood of time. And also, if one looks carefully, the film discovers (or reveals) the total contradiction between the reality and the images on the TV, which were actual images shown on TV during those three days. There are questions that remain unanswered today: Who were the terrorists? Who killed almost 1,000 people and wounded 5,000 after the “old puppies” left the Central Committee Building by helicopter? I refer to the Ceaușescus as the “old puppies”, which they really were, because they remind me of the characters in the Samuel Beckett play “Fin de Partie” (“Endgame”).