A fost sau n-a fost? (2006). Friday, January 29th, 6 P.M., Zrinyi 14, room 411.

A fost sau n-a fost? (12:08 East of Bucharest) is an award winning reflection on the Romanian revolution, directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. The full English title refers to the setting of the film and the time of day at which Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu fled following the revolution, 12:08 pm on December 22, 1989. The original Romanian title roughly translates to “Was There or Wasn’t There?”, referring to the film’s central issue: did the small town Vaslui have any part in the 1989 revolution? The answer depends on whether the city registered any protest before the moment of Ceauşescu’s flight.

The film won numerous awards, including at Cannes, Copenhagen and TIFF film festivals. It has 95% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, you can check them out here.


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