Ivana MladenovicAdrian Schiop, Vasile Pavel-Digudai
Romania/Serbia / 2017 / 119 minutes / DCP / Color
Described as a “Romeo and Juliet” tale; in this case, Romeo is a middle-aged anthropologist recently dumped by his girlfriend, while Juliet is an ex-convict with a large beard and belly. When Alberto helps Adi to do his field research into the manele Gypsy music in the impoverished ghetto Ferentari, the mismatched pair soon develops into an unlikely romance. A tender love story that looks into isolation and intimacy in a society plagued with social taboos and prejudices, Mladenovic’s debut feature promises love and passion that stays with people as the Shakespearean classic.