GenreComedy, Drama ScreenplayCorneliu Porumboiu WriterCorneliu Porumboiu LanguageRomanian
Release date24 May 2006 (2006-05-24) (Cannes)
000000002006-09-29-000029 September 2006 Initial releaseSeptember 29, 2006 (Romania) CastMircea Andreescu (Emanoil Piscoci), Teodor Corban (Virgil Jderescu), Ion Sapdaru (Tiberiu Manescu), Mirela Cioaba (Doamna Manescu) Similar moviesFactory Girl, Fish Tank, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, At the Edge of the Abyss, Pitch Perfect 2, Jupiter Ascending
12 08 east of bucharest 2006 trailer with subtitles
12:08 East of Bucharest (Romanian: A fost sau n-a fost?) is a 2006 Romanian film directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, released in 2006 and winner of the Caméra d'Or Prize (for best first film) at the Cannes Film Festival. It was also released in the United States under the abridged titles East of Bucharest and 12:08 Bucharest. The film is set in the city of Vaslui, and centers on a group of characters who revisit the Romanian Revolution of 1989 which brought an end to the communist regime.
The full English title refers to the setting of the film and the time of day at which Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu fled following the revolution, 12:08 pm on 22 December 1989. The original Romanian title roughly translates to "Was There or Wasn't There?", referring to the film's central issue: did Vaslui have any part in the 1989 revolution? The answer depends on whether the city registered any protest before the moment of Ceauşescu's flight.
A fost sau n a fost 12 08 east of bucharest portuguese subtitles
The American review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 95% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 44 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 77 out of 100, based on 15 reviews.
The film has garnered positive press in the United States; J. Hoberman of The Village Voice called it, "a casually bleak and neatly structured ensemble comedy—at once deadpan and bemused." Noel Murray of The A.V. Club said "the story and the situation are slight, but in the best possible way." Richard Brody of The New Yorker called it a "wise and gentle comedy of political realism." Wendy Ide of The Times described the film as "one of the best of the new wave of Romanian cinema" and "a droll delight that questions the nature of historical record and the realities of postcommunist Romania with a slyly comic and disarmingly self-mocking tone." It also received 4 stars out of 4 from the New York Post.
V.A. Musetto of the New York Post named 12:08 East of Bucharest the best film of 2007. A.O. Scott of The New York Times named it the 6th best film of 2007 (along with Live-In Maid).
Mircea Andreescu - Emanoil Pișcoci
Teodor Corban - Virgil Jderescu
Ion Sapdaru - Tiberiu Mănescu
Mirela Cioabă - Doamna Mănescu
Luminiţa Gheorghiu - Doamna Jderescu
Cristina Ciofu - Vali
Lucian Iftime - Lică
Annemarie Chertic - Vera
Petrică Sapdaru - Petrică
Cătălin Paraschiv - Barman
George Guoqingyun - Chen
Constantin Diță - Tibi
Daniel Badale - Professor
Marius Rogojinski - Vecin (credited as Marius Rogojinschi)