NGA Film Series: New Cinema from Romania - Moromete Family: On the Edge of Time

Sun Jun 16, 4pm
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
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The continuation of The Moromete Family — a film based on novelist Marin Preda’s celebrated sagas and originally released just before the 1989 Romanian Revolution — Moromete Family: On the Edge of Time resumes Preda’s intricate tale charting the insular existence of this extended peasant family. Partly portraying communism’s incursions into the countryside and the strong peasant sensibilities deeply moored in Romanian culture, the main focus is the continual progression of the Morometes with the onset of father Ilie’s old age and his complicated relationship with his son Niculae, now a budding writer. The post-World War II rural backdrop is beautifully captured in Vivi Dragan Vasile’s lush and painterly black-and-white landscape shots and medium close-ups. (Stere Gulea, 2018, subtitles, 120 minutes)

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