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Aferim!

Love games! Lawmen! Old songs! Folklore! The Evil Eye! Puppets! Aferim!

Old ways are rendered anew in this darkly funny, ribald comedy/period piece/Western from director Radu Jude. The “Wallachian Western” is a new kind of classic, featuring all the standard elements – but set in 1835 Romania, where the Roma people are held as slaves, noblemen wield tyrannical power, and foreign occupiers terrorize the populace.

A lawman and his son are dispatched to find a runaway slave. Their encounters reveal a cross-section of society tinged with ignorance and sedimented hatreds passed down through generations.

The result is a “current of informed anger” mingled with sardonic humor, in a film that sharply points a finger at bigotry all while poking fun.

 


 

"a funny and brutal costume drama with a potent contemporary kick....Shot in richly toned, wide-screen black and white, “Aferim!” looks like an elegant exercise in period playacting. But it casts a fierce, revisionist eye on the past, finding the cruelty and prejudice that lie beneath the pageantry."

AO Scott, NY Times

"[Radu] Jude creates an indecently enjoyable smokescreen of ribald back-and-forth...delicious and wicked"

IndieWire

"director Radu Jude pioneers a new genre - the Wallachian Western - and brings style and insight to a historical tale of pursuit and persecution....The crisp black-and-white photography and brisk panning shots across alluring landscapes capture the cruelty of the times and the pitiless course of history with a bitter majesty."

New Yorker

"An exceptional, deeply intelligent gaze at a key historical period, done with wit as well as anger."

Variety

"A harsh history lesson leavened by bawdy humor and classic western elements"

Hollywood Reporter

Movie Info

Showtim TBD

DIRECTED BY Radu Jude
In Romanian, Turkish; with English Subtitles

RUNTIME 108 MINUTES

CINEMA ADMISSION:
REAL ART WAYS MEMBERS: $5
SENIOR & STUDENT MEMBERS: $4.50
REGULAR ADMISSION: $11
SENIORS (65+): $7
FULL-TIME STUDENTS (WITH ID): $7

REAL ART WAYS'S FACILITIES ARE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CAFÉ.