Cristi PuiuMimi Brănescu, Judith State, Bogdan Dumitrache
Romania, France / 2016 / 173 minutes / DCP
A black comedy rivalling the ingenuity of Puiu’s landmark debut, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (30th), Sieranevada develops a masterfully-controlled portrait of chaos in a Romanian family. Through its crafted mise-en-scène, we see the complicated dynamics among a dozen family members gathered in an apartment to commemorate a deceased father. As the meal is continually postponed, conversations intermixed with conspiracy theories and communist pasts reveal marital tensions and sibling rivalry over a Bunueluesque dinner table.