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DO NOT EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM THE END OF THE WORLD

2024 Oscar® Selection, Romania

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Winner of two awards at this year's Locarno Film Festival, the latest from the prolific Radu Jude (BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN, UPPERCASE PRINT, 2021 AFI European Union Film Showcase; I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS, 2018 AFI European Union Film Showcase) is an outlandish and satirically crass commentary on Romanian society. Interweaving scenes from a hectic day in the life of Angela, an overworked and underpaid production assistant, with clips from a 1980s Romanian film that follows a female taxi driver (also named Angela), the film depicts each woman circling Bucharest in perpetual transit, feeling the burden of the country's absurd culture of corruption. While Jude critiques Romania's exploitation of labor rights and consumerism, he also takes jabs at the film industry — the comical red tape of video production and being on set. Frequent Jude collaborator Ilinca Manolache stars as Angela (and brilliantly imitates an alpha male influencer), Nina Hoss (TÁR) plays an aloof, foreign businesswoman and infamous German filmmaker Uwe Boll makes an appearance as himself. (Note courtesy of AFI FEST.) Official Selection, 2023 Locarno, Toronto and New York film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Radu Jude; PROD Adrian Sitaru, Ada Solomon. Romania/Luxembourg/France/Croatia, 2023, color/b&w, 164 min. In Romanian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

No AFI Member passes accepted.

164 Minutes
Comedy-drama

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