Kino Caravan
Colin

Kino Caravan [Caravana Cinematografica]

Screening:

    Sunday 3 October 2:30pm

Runtime:

100 mins

Director: Titus Muntean Country: Romania, Germany
Writer: Titus Muntean Original Format: 35mm
Dir. of Photography: Vivi Dragan Vasile Print Source: N/A
Producer: Tudor Giurgiu, Jens Körner
Cast: Mircea Diaconu, Dorian Boguta, Iulia Lumanare

Film Details

UK Premiere

Short Synopsis:

Sent to a small, rural village to assess the politics of the locals and screen a piece of Soviet propaganda, Comrade Tavi grows increasingly confused with his mission as he begins to fall for the beautiful, though introverted, village librarian.

Review:

Sent to a small, rural village to assess the politics of the locals and screen a piece of Soviet propaganda, Comrade Tavi grows increasingly confused with his mission as he begins to fall for the beautiful, though introverted, village librarian.

Set sometime in the 1960’s, Kino Caravan, like ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’ before it, epitomizes the strengths of Romanian cinema. Director Titus Muntean is more concerned with atmosphere, authenticity and realism than anything else; this film is a character piece and the character in question is Cold War Romania.

The film’s unrelenting realism is brutal at times, amusing at others and integral to the exploration of Soviet involvement its post WW2 satellite states. The acting is uniformly great but Doru Boguta’s performance as Comrade Tavi in particular is worth noting; he delivers dialogue in such an affected, authentic manner and demonstrating his character’s deep repression. Among other things, it is repression – both on a national and on a personal level – which Muntean examines and, consequently, criticizes. On a day of dreary rain and confusion it is the emergence of sunlight which sets in motion the stunning final act and the dramatic climax about which everyone will be talking.

ZB

 

All films to be screened at:

Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street
London
SW1Y 4LR