2016, Spain-France, 90′ Color, English
Director: Bogdan Mirica
Cast: Dragos Bucur, Gheorghe Visu, Vlad Ivanov
2016 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard
You can not value the price of a land where you don’t belong.
The powerful and enigmatic feature debut by Bogdan Mirica as he tells the silent and mysterious story of faraway lands with an intriguing style of Romanian western.
Roman – a young man from the city – comes to a remote village in rural Romania to sell the land he inherited from his departed grandfather Alecu. As the silent and hot days go by Roman is all by himself in the middle of nowhere to face with the hidden past of Alecu as a deadly crime lord. Roman is exposed to a series of strange events, including a mysterious loss of his sales agent Voicu. Alecu’s deputies, led by the interesting character Samir, are still around dealing with their secret and deadly business. Hogas, the old policeman who have witnessed the dark crimes remained unsolved for many years now investigates the finding of a cut foot, but what he’s really after is getting revenge at any cost on Samir, his lifetime nemesis. Both Hogas and Samir warns Roman to give up his decision of selling the land and go back to where he came from.
Roman, and later on his girlfriend who makes the very bad decision of visiting him there, does not belong here, yet both of them insists on to stay. The only thing they could not understand is that these isolated lands have learnt how to defend themselves so long ago and the people in here have their own rules apart from the rest of the world.