The Second Game


Film runs
Fri, Apr 11
Mon, Apr 14

The Second Game
Corneliu Porumboiu, 2014
Romania | Romanian with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 97 minutes

Opening Night! North American Premiere!

Filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu in person on April 11!

In 1988, one year before the revolution that toppled Ceaușescu, Corneliu Porumboiu’s father refereed a soccer game between the country’s leading teams as heavy snow fell over the playing field and all of Bucharest. In 2013, father and son watched the original television broadcast of the game, providing their own commentary in real time. The static-heavy analogue video images mix with the grain-like flurries of snow to make this rather ordinary game into something altogether more complex and mysterious, as father and son’s discussion leads to the pondering of alternate events and different outcomes: what if the ball hadn’t hit the crossbar? What if the camera had captured the brief on-field fight? What if the match had taken place a year later? Investigating the slippery middle ground where personal memory meets historical memory, Corneliu Porumboiu has created an entertaining and disquieting essay on the legacy of the Ceaușescu dictatorship for both Romanian society and his own family.

There will be a free Opening Night reception for all ticket holders in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center "Flex Space" from 8:00 - 9:30pm!

Series: Art of the Real 2014

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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