All Change! The Romanian Film Festival in London. 1-4 May 2009, 6th Edition. Curzon Mayfair Cinema.

Constantin and Elena

Constantin si Elena
Director Andrei Dascalescu
Romania 2008 / 103 mins

Saturday 2 May 2009
6.15 pm

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Constantin & Elena

Director Andrei Dascalescu almost single-handedly created this beautifully shot, observational documentary set in a rural village, following Constantin and Elena who’ve been married for 55 years.

In the evening of their lives, they reflect on their rich past, sing traditional songs together and talk matter-of-factly about what will happen when they die. Day in and day out they work at their farm, hardly ever take a break and when they do, Elena weaves colourful carpets and recites her poetry, skills she learned in her childhood years at the convent.

Constantin adores watching her, if he isn’t off to church, or bringing flowers to their son’s grave. It’s a reflection on life as it was, dying traditions and a heartfelt story of two very loving, artistic and wise people – an entrancing, award winning film that’s not to be missed.

IDFA 2008 First Appearance Award (WIN)
Gopo Award for Best Documentary (Nomination)

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