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Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu

Romania 2018 70 mins. In Romanian with subtitles

One of the funniest documentaries of the year, Porumboiu’s (Police Adjective, The Treasure) deceptively simple work follows Laurențiu Ginghină, a mid-level bureaucrat in a small Romanian town. An otherwise unremarkable figure, Ginghină nevertheless has one big idea: to radically and controversially reinvent the game of football (soccer!) in the hopes of making a more physically accessible and entertaining sport. Ginghină’s ideas are big and bold, but a key secret in his personal history can perhaps explain his desired rule changes. Porumboiu deftly humors Ginghină while never looking down on him, instead crafting a fascinating portrait of the ultimate self-loathing (with a wink) bureaucrat in the post-Communist state. “Few would use Plato’s cave allegory and the Bible in making their case for changing football, but then again, there are few people quite like Ginghină.” —Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist. “This relatively short film contains worlds.” —Glenn Kenny, The New York Times.

Filmography: 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006), Police, Adjective (2009), When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2013), The Treasure (2015)

Sponsored by Romanian American Society

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