Romanian film and topics at the Berlin Film Festival 2014

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Romanian film and topics at the Berlin Film Festival 2014

article by Mihai Fulger

translated from Romanian by Claudia Moscovici

As is well known, a soccer game and a film (better said, a motion picture) have in common a standard time frame: both of them last, without extensions, about 90 minutes. Thus, theoretically, from any soccer game reproduced in real time one could make a motion picture. Only, as far as I know, the first cinematographer who actually did this is Corneliu Porumboiu. I’m speaking of the film The Second Game, the fourth motion picture created by the Romanian director, presented in the section Forum at the Berlin Film Festival 2014. The game in question is Dinamo-Steaua, from winter of 1988. Since we’re dealing with this period, this means a game between the top two teams from Romanian First Division, each one filled with top-notch players (moreover, one of them had recently won the European Champions Cup) and, equally symbolic, a confrontation between the Army and the Security (Securitate).

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