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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

R18+ 106 MIN
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Synopsis

A video goes viral. It shows a man and a woman having sex while wearing masks. The woman is, nevertheless, identified. Too bad she is a teacher and supposed to be a role model. And this, moreover, in a (post-socialist but ultimately any) society that is about to get lost in a social network discourse of would-be healing squeaky-clean attitudes, pseudo-political knowing-it-all, sanctimonious chauvinism and grotesque conspiracy theories. Everyone has an opinion. The debate turns into a tribunal – about consensual sex, pornography and more.

Always up for innovative cinematic experiments, Radu Jude has crafted from this constellation an intelligent, satirical triptych: with its nonchalantly precise camerawork and manic humour found in the stress of everyday life on Bucharest’s streets, the first part shows us what contemporary cinema at the documentary-fiction interface can look like. The second part is an offbeat series of laconic, static images intended as an encyclopaedia of the symbols of our time. The film’s grand – albeit open-ended – finale is a discussion held at the school in which judgement is passed on our heroine’s right to exist.

Awards

Berlin International Film Festival 2021
Winner:  Golden Berlin Bear Best Film

Reviews

"This provocative and unapologetically profane Buñuelian prank [is] one of the first examples of a genuine auteur work to emerge in a world upended by COVID-19… "

- Variety


"It’s a daring and hilarious cinematic gamble that gives a justifiable middle finger to the sheer inanity of the Western world."

- Indiewire


"A provocative pandemic polemic… Jude remains a boldly original voice in modern European cinema, with serious things to say and increasingly adventurous ways of saying them."

- The Hollywood Reporter


Movie Information

Release date

Thursday 25th November

Duration

106 min

Rating

R18+

Cast

Andi Vasluianu, Claudia Ieremia, Alexandru Potocean, Katia Pascariu, Olimpia Malai, Nicodim Ungureanu

Director

Radu Jude

Genre

Dramedy

Language

Romanian, with English Subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Pentridge Cinema, Palace Central, Palace James St



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