NGA Film Series: New Cinema from Romania - Pororoca

Wed Jun 19, 4pm
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
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Pororoca is the third feature from director Constantin Popescu, recently established as a key younger artist of the ongoing Romanian New Wave. Popescu’s film is a tense and intelligent thriller, an unusual genre choice for the normally low-key climate of Romanian cinema. At the center is a young father (Bogdan Dumitrache) of a middle-class family, recently devastated by the disappearance of their daughter in a public park. The term pororoca itself refers to the sort of rough tidal bore that occurs at the mouth of the Amazon River, a wave so powerful that it typically is dubbed “the destroyer.” (Constantin Popescu, 2018, subtitles, 152 minutes)

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