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Synopsis

Alexandru spends his 42nd birthday drunk and home alone. His wife Ioana died in a road accident a couple of weeks before. Suddenly, Alexandru hears someone ringing at his door, and when he answers, a delicate young man named Sebastian faces him. He confesses that he has been Ioana’s lover for the past few months. Alexandru’s first surprised reaction is to knock down his rival. However, he afterwards invites the poor guy into his flat. But that’s not all: Sebastian candidly asks Alexandru to comfort him, since he cannot deal with the pain of Ioana’s death on his own. Initially, Alexandru is left speechless and is obviously anything but pleased about this request. But gradually, slowly and cautiously, a relationship evolves between these two very different men, as only rarely seen in cinema. Whoever claims that no new stories can be told anymore, is proven wrong by director and screenwriter Andrei Creţulescu. He turns the unusual initial situation into a clever contemplation of love, friendship, loss and pain, but also about the perception men have of themselves and each other. An elegant parable in subdued colours, made in Bucharest.

Guests

Andrei Creţulescu

Andrei Creţulescu

Director and Screenwriter Charleston
In Vienna: April 19-20

Codruţa Creţulescu

Codruţa Creţulescu

Producer Charleston
In Vienna: April 19-20

Moderator

Liliana Nelska

Liliana Nelska

Moderator Film Programme

Richi Kuong

Richi Kuong

Moderator Film Programme

Charleston

Original Title

Charleston

Director

Andrei Creţulescu

Script

Andrei Creţulescu

Actors

Șerban Pavlu, Radu Iacoban, Victor Rebengiuc

Genre

Feature film

Category

Promising debuts competition

Country

France, Romania

Year

2017

Language

Romanian with Engl. sub.

Running time

119 min.

Distribution/Contact

Versatile

Dates

Thursday 19.04.

17:00 Village Cinema 4

Friday 20.04.

18:00 Actors Studio 2