Stuff and dough
(Marfa și banii)
Ovidiu is a young man with an entrepreneurial bent who is trying to launch a business selling snack food while still living in his parent’s flat in Constanta. Needing cash to get his business off the ground, Ovidiu is more than willing to listen when he’s approached by a local crime boss. It seems the mobster has a package that he needs delivered to Bucharest, and he’s willing to pay Ovidiu a healthy wad of cash to do the job. Ovidiu isn’t sure what’s in the package (and is smart enough not to ask), but he figures it’s an easy way to make some fast money, so he packs up his van and hits the road, with his girlfriend and another pal tagging along for company.
Assuming they’re carrying some sort of contraband, Ovidiu and his friends have to steer clear of police cars and check points along the way, but before long the law is the least of Ovidiu’s worries when he discovers that a red car is following them – and the four men inside are determined not to be shaken.
Director – Cristi Puiu
Script – Cristi Puiu and Razvan Radulescu
Cinematography – Silviu Stavila
Produced by – Anca Puiu
Production – Mandragora
With – Alexandru Papadopol, Dragos Bucur, Ioana Flora
Romania, 2001, 91 min.
Director’s Fortnight – Cannes 2001
Award for Best Actor (Alexandru Papadopol) + FIPRESCI prize – Thessaloniki IFF 2001
Abasto Award – BAFICI 2002
Procirep Award – Angers European First FF 2002