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Cristi PuiuAgathe Bosch, Frédéric Schulz-Richard, Diana Sakalauskaité, Ugo Broussot

Romania, Serbia, Switzerland / 2020 / French, Hungarian, German, Russian / 200 minutes / DCP / Colour

A landowner, a politician, a countess, a general and his wife congregate within a vast mansion estate to muse upon life’s weightiest questions in Cristi Puiu’s 200-minute beast of a movie. Adapted from nineteenth century Russian mystic philosopher Vladimir Solovyov’s book War, Progress and the End of History: Three Conversations Including a Short Tale of the Antichrist, Puiu relocates the action to the misty Transylvanian mountains for a series of intellectually elevated discussions on death, war, and morality, which escalate from civil debate to personal, all-out attacks.

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