As part of the Global Diaspora Week 2015 York Romanian Society organized a Romanian free film viewing. Aferim! is an adventure comedy which gives you a glimpse into 19th century Romanian culture.
Aferim! is a 2015 Romanian drama film directed by Radu Jude. It was screened in the main competition section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival where Radu Jude won the Silver Bear for Best Director. It was selected as the Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.
The film is set in Wallachia in the early 19th century, when a local policeman, Costandin, is hired by Iordache, a boyar, to find Carfin, a Gypsy slave who had run away from the boyar’s estate after having an affair with his wife, Sultana. Costandin sets out to find the fugitive, beginning a journey full of adventures. Gypsy slavery lasted from the 14th century up until the middle of the 19th century, a situation which is very little known and almost nonexistent in the public debate today, although its impact continues to influence Romania’s social life.
The Hollywood Reporter describes Radu Jude’s film as “a harsh lesson of history, relieved by overlooked humor and classic Western elements”.
Variety magazine writes that Aferim! is “an exceptional and extremely intelligent insight into a crucial period of history, a film equally inspired and furious”.
The cast: Teodor Corban as Costandin, Mihai Comănoiu Toma Cuzin as Carfin, Alexandru Dabija, Luminița Gheorghiu, Victor Rebengiuc, Șerban Pavlu
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