Trailer For Acclaimed Festival Drama ‘When Evening Falls on Bucharest’

Written by on April 23, 2014 

When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism has had a bit of a lengthy run-up to theatrical release, setting showings and netting reviews as far back as Locarno, through all that time sounding like a wonderful entry into the still-breathing Romanian New Wave. For his third feature, helmer Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective; 12:08 East of Bucharest) has decided to look inward, making a film about the making of a film — perhaps in the spirit of Fassbinder, Fellini, Truffaut, Hong, et al., but while, apparently, retaining the austerity that defines his particular movement. With the great filmmakers, some things will never change.

To say it’s somewhat evidenced in the trailer is, I think, problematic, but although entries into “slow-cinema” can’t be compressed into a 90-second preview — at least, no preview any distributor looking to make some money (i.e. all of them) would likely approve — those familiar with this strand of the medium can surely sense traces of something familiar herein. It’s promising from an initial standpoint, at least: the cold, pallid cinematography; tight, rigid compositions; bleak humor about the particulars of making a film; or a reference to this writer’s favorite Italian actress, proving I’m not entirely immune to all potential pandering. With this in mind, is one of the summer’s best films coming from Porumboiu? Many signs point toward it.

Have a look at the preview below, along with a poster:

When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism is expected to arrive this summer.

Any thoughts on this first preview? Have you taken to the helmer’s earlier titles?

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