When it made its debut at the Berlin International Film Festival, “Aferim!” (which translates to “Bravo!”) won director Radu Jude a Silver Bear for directing and widespread critical acclaim. After being officially selected as Romania’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards, the film has now been picked up for U.S. distribution by Big World Pictures, whose releases include Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross’ “In Bloom” and Roberto Minervini’s “Stop the Pounding Heart.”
The official synopsis reads: “Eastern Europe, 1835. Two riders cross a barren landscape in the middle of Wallachia. They are the gendarme Costandin and his son. Together they are searching for a gypsy slave who has run away from his nobleman master and is suspected of having an affair with the noble’s wife. While the unflappable Costandin comments on every situation with a cheery aphorism, his son takes a more contemplative view of the world. On their odyssey they encounter people of different nationalities and beliefs: Turks and Russians, Christians and Jews, Romanians and Hungarians. Each harbors prejudices against the others which have been passed down from generation to generation. And even when the slave Carfin is found, the adventure is far from over.”
“Aferim!” is set to be released in early 2016.