Sunday, December 26, 2010
Sergiu Nicolaescu - Atunci i-am condamnat pe toti la moarte aka Then I Sentenced Them All to Death (1971)
Plot summary: Ipu, the village idiot, lives the last days of the German occupation with a disarming candor and simplicity. After a German is killed, the inhabitants of this Transylvanian hamlet are faced with total destruction unless they hand in the person responsible for soldier's death. Ipu agrees to take the "blame" in exchange for land for his family and a "luxurious" funeral - for which a rehearsal has to be organized so that he can give his feedback. Excellent analysis of the psychological universe of a small community found at the intersection of time and history - due in part to the wonderful novel "Ipu's death" by Titus Popovici. An excellent soundtrack by A. Salamanian.
Subtitles: English, Spanish and French .srt