Review of Child’s Pose by Calin Peter Netzer
by Mihai Fulger
translated into English by Claudia Moscovici
Child’s Pose (Poziţia copilului) is the third movie directed by Călin Peter Netzer. It follows Maria in 2003 and The Award (Medalia de onoare) in 2009, both of which were nominated for and received awards in prestigious international film festivals. This movie reopened the door to Romanian film directors in the main competition (Class A) of the Berlin Film Festival, exactly two decades after The marital bed (Patul conjugal) by Mircea Daneliuc. Moreover, Child’s Pose surpassed its 18 competitors (including films by Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Bruno Dumont, Ulrich Seidl, Jafar Panahi or Hong Sang-soo), taking first place in the 63rd edition (February 7-17 2013) in one of the most important film festivals in the world and becoming, at the same time, the first Romanian film to receive the Golden Bear Award.
Thus, after two triumphs in the film shorts Berlin competition (Un cartuş de Kent şi un pachet de cafea by Cristi Puiu and O zi bună de plajă by Bogdan Mustaţă, which were distinguished with the Golden Bear award for film shorts in 2004 and 2008, respectively), New Romanian Cinema has now earned a Golden Bear for a full-length movie as well. The trophy was given to the film director by the famous Chinese cinematographer Wong Kar-wai, President of the 2013 jury. A day earlier Călin Peter Netzer was also awarded the FIPRESCI Prize (by the International Federation of Film Critics), yet another premier for a Romanian production at the Berlin Film Festival.
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