Pioneers' Palace

Director: Bobby Paunescu
Screenwriters: Bobby Paunescu

Institute History

  • 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Description

Set in Bucharest after the fall of Ceau?escu, Pioneers' Palace captures the chaotic essence of the time. Based on the director's own experience, the story follows a group of Romanian teenagers who, driven by the unprecedented freedoms of a free-market economy, open a disco in their high school. Surrounded by entrepreneurial opportunity and almost no limits, the teens visit Bucharest’s first-ever brothel and are exposed to the dark underbelly of an unregulated society when they are faced with potential exposure to AIDS.

Following the screening, there will be a conversation with director Bobby Paunescu, (producer, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu), Andrei Ujica (director, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu), and Corneliu Porumboiu (director, 12:05 East of Bucharest and Police, adjective), who will discuss both the unique way the film was made, a collaboration between film students and established filmmakers, as well as the noted artistic elements that make up the Romanian New Wave style of cinema that launched 10 years ago. —T.G.
 

— T.G.

Screening Details

  • Section: Special Events
  • Film Type: feature
  • Country: Romania
  • Language: Romanian
  • Run Time: 82 min.
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