RFF: Otto the Barbarian
Otto the Barbarian (Otto barbarul)
Director: Ruxandra Ghițescu, 2020, subtitles, 110 minutes
Followed by a Q&A with director Ruxandra Ghițescu, actress Ioana Flora and film critic Mihai Fulger
Otto, a 17-year-old punk, becomes involved in the social services investigation of his girlfriend’s Laura death. He is caught in a vicious circle created by his parents, his mute grandpa and Laura’s mother. Laura is still part of his life through the video recordings that the boy edits constantly, trying to make sense of the events. Throughout this process, Otto must take his part of responsibility for what happened.
One of the largest events of its kind in North America, The Romanian Film Festival of Washington, D.C. (RFF) kicks off at The Miracle Theatre on June 3rd, 2022 under the motto: “Reinventing Realism — New Cinema from Romania”. Bigger and bolder than the previous two editions, RFF 2022 showcases the creative diversity of a cinema that has become a force on the international arthouse circuit.
Curated by Romanian film critic Mihai Fulger, the program, running for three consecutive weekends, features 12 of the most original and thought-provoking productions of the pandemic years which take the viewer through a veritable deep-dive into the Eastern European psyche, offering a better understanding of current dynamics dramatically unfolding in the Old World. No less than 13 Romanian directors, actors, producers and film critics will cross the Atlantic to introduce their films and meet with the American cinephiles.
Dedicated to the 25th anniversary since the launch of the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century between Romania and the United States of America, RFF 2022 is organized by the Embassy of Romania to the United States, Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, The Miracle Theatre in Washington, DC and with the generous support of the Transylvania Bank (Banca Transilvania) from Romania.
For the complete list of films, visit: romanianfilmfestivaldc.com