Aurora

by Cristi Puiu

France/Germany/Romania/Switzerland, 2010, 183', colour



An apartment kitchen: a man and a woman discuss Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping in the next room. A wasteland on the city’s outskirts: behind a line of abandoned trailers, the man silently watches what seems to be a family. The same city, the same man: driving through traffic with two hand-made firing pins for a hunting rifle. The man is 42 years old, his name is Viorel. Troubled by obscure thoughts, he drives across the city to a destination known only to him.
 

Reviews

"A tour de force."
Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES

"The product of a master helmer (...) Puiu's performance is pitch perfect."
Jay Weissberg, VARIETY

"A Romanian Travis Bickle (...) Fascinating. (...) An impressively ambitious experiment."
Jim Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE

"A mental odyssey."
Jacques Mandelbaum, LE MONDE

"Hypnotic."
Didier Péron, LIBERATION

"Startling power and great dramatic irony."
Wesley Morris, BOSTON GLOBE

 "The work of an audacious, intelligent writer-director who´s both ready and very able to deal with areas of human experience of which many other filmmakers seem barely to be aware (...) Superb stuff."
TIME OUT LONDON

"A brilliant film."
James Quandt, NATIONAL POST

"Even bolder than his 2005 Cannes breakthrough. (...) Puiu’s performance is marvelously expressive."
Geoff Andrew, SIGHT AND SOUND

"Engagingly unpredictable."
Eric Kohn, INDIEWIRE

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Cristi Puiu

Cristi Puiu was born in Bucharest in 1967. As a student in the Painting Department of the École Supérieure d'Arts Visuels in Geneva, he shot several short films and documentaries in the 1990’s. After he returned to Romania, he continued to paint and co-wrote screenplays with Razvan Radulescu and Lucian Pintilie. In 2001, he made his first feature film, STUFF AND DOUGH, a road movie filmed with a hand-held camera in a near documentary style. The film was selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and received several awards in international film festivals, notably the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. 

After being awarded the Golden Bear for best short film in Berlin in 2004 for CIGARETTES AND COFFEE, Cristi Puiu shot THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, which won the Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes in 2005, as well as many other awards. AURORA is the second instalment of the Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest series and is Cristi Puiu's third feature film.

FILMOGRAPHY

2010 AURORA, Fiction, 183 min.
2005 THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, Fiction, 148 min.
2004 CIGARETTES AND COFFEE, Fiction, 15 min.
2001 STUFF AND DOUGH, Fiction, 90 min.

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Cast

Cristi Puiu - Viorel
Clara Voda - Gina Filip
Catrinel Dumitrescu - Mrs. Livinski
Valentin Popescu - Doru
Luminiţa Gheorghiu - Mioara Avram

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Cristi Puiu
Script: Cristi Puiu
Director of Photography: Viorel Sergovici
Sound: André Rigaut
Editing: Ioachim Stroe
Production Manager: Gilda Conon
Producers: Anca Puiu, Bobby Paunescu
Co-Producers: Philippe Bober, Dan Wechsler
Production Companies: Mandragora, Parisienne de Production, Bord Cadre Films, Essential Filmproduktion
Supports: Centrul National al Cinematografiei Romania, Eurimages, SC Serv Invest SRL, OFC Section Cinéma, Centre National de la Cinématographie
Collaboration: ARTE France Cinéma, ZDF/ ARTE, Societatea Romana de Televiziune, TSR/SSR, HBO Romania
 

Technical Info

Category: Feature Film
Original Language: Romanian
Format: 35mm
Screen Ratio: 1:1:85
Speed: 24 fps
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Number of Reels: 6

 

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2010, Un Certain Regard

MAIN AWARDS

Gijón 2010, Best Art Direction
Karlovy Vary 2010, East of West Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

New York 2010, Main Slate
Pusan 2010, World Cinema
Viennale 2010, Competition
Rotterdam 2011, Spectrum

Year: 
2010
Duration: 
183'

Cristi Puiu

Cristi Puiu was born in Bucharest in 1967. As a student in the Painting Department of the École Supérieure d'Arts Visuels in Geneva, he shot several short films and documentaries in the 1990’s. After he returned to Romania, he continued to paint and co-wrote screenplays with Razvan Radulescu and Lucian Pintilie. In 2001, he made his first feature film, STUFF AND DOUGH, a road movie filmed with a hand-held camera in a near documentary style. The film was selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and received several awards in international film festivals, notably the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. 

Poster: 
Country: 
France France
Germany Germany
Romania Romania
Switzerland Switzerland



An apartment kitchen: a man and a woman discuss Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping in the next room. A wasteland on the city’s outskirts: behind a line of abandoned trailers, the man silently watches what seems to be a family. The same city, the same man: driving through traffic with two hand-made firing pins for a hunting rifle. The man is 42 years old, his name is Viorel. Troubled by obscure thoughts, he drives across the city to a destination known only to him.
 

Reviews: 

"A tour de force."Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES"The product of a master helmer (...) Puiu's performance is pitch perfect."Jay Weissberg, VARIETY"A Romanian Travis Bickle (...) Fascinating. (...) An impressively ambitious experiment."Jim Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE"A mental odyssey."Jacques Mandelbaum, LE MONDE"Hypnotic."Didier Péron, LIBERATION

"Startling power and great dramatic irony."Wesley Morris, BOSTON GLOBE "The work of an audacious, intelligent writer-director who´s both ready and very able to deal with areas of human experience of which many other filmmakers seem barely to be aware (...) Superb stuff."TIME OUT LONDON"A brilliant film."James Quandt, NATIONAL POST"Even bolder than his 2005 Cannes breakthrough. (...) Puiu’s performance is marvelously expressive."Geoff Andrew, SIGHT AND SOUND"Engagingly unpredictable."Eric Kohn, INDIEWIRE

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 



An apartment kitchen: a man and a woman discuss Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping in the next room. A wasteland on the city’s outskirts: behind a line of abandoned trailers, the man silently watches what seems to be a family. The same city, the same man: driving through traffic with two hand-made firing pins for a hunting rifle. The man is 42 years old, his name is Viorel. Troubled by obscure thoughts, he drives across the city to a destination known only to him.
 

Cast: 
Cast details: 

Cristi Puiu - ViorelClara Voda - Gina FilipCatrinel Dumitrescu - Mrs. LivinskiValentin Popescu - DoruLuminiţa Gheorghiu - Mioara Avram

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Cristi Puiu
Script: Cristi Puiu
Director of Photography: Viorel Sergovici
Sound: André Rigaut
Editing: Ioachim Stroe
Production Manager: Gilda Conon
Producers: Anca Puiu, Bobby Paunescu
Co-Producers: Philippe Bober, Dan Wechsler
Production Companies: Mandragora, Parisienne de Production, Bord Cadre Films, Essential Filmproduktion
Supports: Centrul National al Cinematografiei Romania, Eurimages, SC Serv Invest SRL, OFC Section Cinéma, Centre National de la Cinématographie
Collaboration: ARTE France Cinéma, ZDF/ ARTE, Societatea Romana de Televiziune, TSR/SSR, HBO Romania
 

Technical Info

Category: Feature Film
Original Language: Romanian
Format: 35mm
Screen Ratio: 1:1:85
Speed: 24 fps
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Number of Reels: 6

 

Awards: 
Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2010, Un Certain Regard

MAIN AWARDS

Gijón 2010, Best Art Direction
Karlovy Vary 2010, East of West Award

MAIN SELECTIONS

New York 2010, Main Slate
Pusan 2010, World Cinema
Viennale 2010, Competition
Rotterdam 2011, Spectrum

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