BLUE MOON by Alina Grigore
The film follows the psychological journey of a young woman to her dehumanizing process. Irina struggles to achieve higher education and escape the violence of her dysfunctional family. An ambiguous sexual experience with an artist will spur her intention to fight the violence in her family.
BLUE MOON is a psychological drama that involves family, sex and a little bit of blood.
San Sebastian IFF (Best Film), Haifa IFF (comp.), Viennale IFF, Sao Paulo IFF (comp.), IFF Mannheim Heidelberg (comp.), Cork IFF (winner Best Film), Cairo IFF (comp.), IFF of Uruguay (comp.), Sofia IFF (Special Mention), Bergamo IFF (Best Director) a.o.
Romanian filmmaker Alina Grigore makes a memorable debut with this sprawling dysfunctional family drama
As the Romanian New Wave generation continues to expand its repertoire thematically and stylistically, newcomer Grigore offers her own punchy, elliptical variation on the movement's basenote realism, to invigorating effect. - Jonathan Romney SCREEN DAILY
Grigore has a sharp, live-wire sense of scene-building, and a confident knack for pushing her actors – from the alert, fresh-faced Chitu to Romanian new wave stalwart Vlad Ivanov... – into exciting, unsafe territory – Guy Lodge VARIETY
Rising Romanian talent Alina Grigore delivers a fine dramatic exercise that draws a parallel between the moon and lunacy – David Katz CINEUROPA
Trapped in a violent family, a young woman rebels in Alina Grigore’s assured and absorbing first feature, another gift from contemporary Romanian cinema. – Deborah Young THE FILM VERDICT
Ioana Chitu - lrina / Mircea Postelnicu - Liviu Ursu / Mircea Silaghi - Sergiu Ursu / Vlad Ivanov - Mihai / Emil Mandanac - Tudor / Ilinca Neacsu - Vicky / Ioana Flora - Mariana / Robi Urs - Cristi / Mihaela Perianu - Leni
Writer, Director: Alina Grigore / Cinematorgrapher: Adrian Paduretu / Editor: Mircea Olteanu, Costi Zaharia / Sound: loan Filip / Music: Subcarpați / Art Director: Anastasia lonescu / Producers: Gabi Suciu, Robi Urs / Co-producer: Adrian Păduretu,Cristina Săvuică, Mike Săvuică, Vlad Rädulescu, loan Filip / Production Company: lnLight Center / Co-production company: Atelier de Film, Forest Film Production, Unfortunate Thespians, Avanpost, Smart Sound Studios
Original Title: Crai nou / shot on Arri Alexa Mini - digital Arri Raw, 3.4K / available for screenings in DCP, HD file / color / 1:2.39 / 85 min / Dolby Digital 5.1 / original language: Romanian with English or Spanish subtitles / lnlight Center, Romania 2021