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

Silent Wedding

Nunta muta
Director Horatiu Malaele
Romania 2008 / 87 mins

Meda Andreea Victor, Victor Rebengiuc, Alexandru Potocean, Tamara Buciuceanu, Luminita Gheorghiu, Mihai Constantin, Valentin Teodosiu, Grigore Aschie, Alexandru Bindea, Ioana Anastasia Anton

Friday 1 May 2009
6.20 pm

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Silent Wedding

A rural wedding celebration is disturbed by Stalin’s death, but the villagers are not easily defeated. A story about resistance during harsh communist times – told in fairytale style, with a strong narrative that includes plenty of tears and laughter, all served in good measure.

Directed by theatre and film veteran Horatiu Malaele with a heavyweight cast, and with veteran actor and activist Victor Rebengiuc, an opponent of the communist regime, who acted in films that were censored or banned. He took an active part in the revolution, as part of the group that stormed the Romanian Television building to broadcast the downfall of Ceausescu.

Seeing him act in this film has a particular resonance, and Malaele proves that his knowledge of acting and theatre have given him the right background to accomplish a well rounded, deeply moving and funny debut.

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Silent Wedding is screened in the Festival courtesy of BAC Films.