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New Romanian Cinema Review: Slim, Sly & Funny '12:08 East Of Bucharest'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 6:29 PM
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A history teacher, a widower and TV host walk into a television sounds like the setup to a punchline, and in many ways, it is. That's more or less the basic premise of Corneliu Porumboiu's breakout 2006 film, "12:08 East Of Bucharest." The Camera d'Or and Label Europa Cinemas winner at Cannes put the filmmaker on the international map where he has continued to gain notice, thanks to 2009's "Police, Adjective" and this year's "When Evening Falls On Bucharest Or Metabolism". But even seven years later, '12:08' still sustains as an exciting and carefully calibrated work, a film that led the charge of recent Romanian cinema.

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