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The Best Romanian New Wave Movies Ever Made

“What are the best Romanian New Wave Movies?” We looked at 107 of the top Romanian New Wave films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 22 films, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Romanian New Wave” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 75+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 22 Best Romanian New Wave Movies Ever Made



22 .) Morgen (2010) directed by Marian Crisan

	Morgen (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Honest Publishing
  • IMDB

NELU, a man in his forties, works as a security guard at a supermarket in Salonta, a small town on the Romanian-Hungarian border.



21 .) Occident (2002) directed by Cristian Mungiu

	Occident (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • MUBI

“Occident” is a bitter comedy about the people who want to emigrate from Romania, and about those who stay behind. The movie has a rich, interesting structure: there are three different stories – a weeklong in the film – that cross, interconnect and happen in the same period. The characters influence each others lives, sometimes even without knowing. Main characters from one story become secondary characters in another story. At the same time, scenes from the first part of the movie bring unexpected facts when seen the second or the third time. The stories do not have just one ending: the first story ends in each of the third parts in a different point, suggesting radically different solutions for the characters. The way in which the director fits time and links events together often produces thematically unexpected results. ×



20 .) Ryna (2005) directed by Ruxandra Zenide

	Ryna (2005)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Honest Publishing
  • IMDB

In a small village in the Danube Delta, where traditions are confronted with new material purposes, a teenage girl is becoming a woman. This is the story of Ryna, a 16 year old girl, working as an motor mechanic in Sulina, who strives to find her identity next to a father who is firmly denying her femininity.



19 .) Sieranevada (2016) directed by Cristi Puiu

	Sieranevada (2016)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Calcert Journal
  • IMDB



18 .) Stuff and Dough (2001) directed by Cristi Puiu

	Stuff and Dough (2001)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Rate Your Music

A young man from Constanța who has his own business aims to expand, but he doesn’t have the resources.



17 .) The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010) directed by Andrei Ujica

	The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Taste Of Cinema

The three-hour-long documentary covers 25 years in the life of Nicolae Ceaușescu and was made using 1,000 hours of original footage from the National Archives of Romania.



16 .) The Concert (2009) directed by Radu Mihaileanu

	The Concert (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • MUBI



15 .) Beyond the Hills (2012) directed by Cristian Mungiu

	Beyond the Hills (2012)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Indie Ethos
  • Taste Of Cinema

A drama centered on the friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany.



14 .) Child’s Pose (2013) directed by Cãlin Peter Netzer

	Child's Pose (2013)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Indie Ethos
  • Taste Of Cinema

The top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival, Calin Peter Netzer s sharply crafted Child s Pose pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu (Best Actress Nominee, European Film Awards) as a steely, well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses and even the victim s family that her son was not recklessly speeding? A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love.



13 .) If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (2010) directed by Florin Serban

	If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Honest Publishing
  • IMDB
  • Taste Of Cinema

A teenager prisoner awaits his release when two weeks before that happens he’s told that his mother is returned home. Meanwhile, he finds himself in love with a Sociology student, Ana, working in the penitentiary as an intern.



12 .) Marilena from P7 (2006) directed by Cristian Nemescu

	Marilena from P7 (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Without Borders
  • IMDB
  • Taste Of Cinema

Andrei, a 13 year old teenager, living on Bucharest outskirts, decides one day to steal a trolleybus in order to impress Marilena, a prostitute he fell in love with.



11 .) The Happiest Girl in the World (2009) directed by Radu Jude

	The Happiest Girl in the World (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Honest Publishing
  • IMDB
  • The Culture Trip

Delia, a young Romanian girl, comes to Bucharest with her parents to collect a prize she has won in a contest organized by a soft-drinks company. The prize is a beautiful new car. All Delia has to do now is appear in front of the camera in a commercial. All goes well until it becomes clear that Delia and her parents have very different ideas about what to do with the new car. Meanwhile, the contest’s sponsor needs a radiant prize-winner with a gleaming smile. A wicked satire and a psychological portrait of a society perverted by its slavery to capitalism and consumerism ×



10 .) Tuesday, After Christmas (2010) directed by Radu Muntean

	Tuesday, After Christmas (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Revolvy
  • Taste Of Cinema

Paul Hanganu loves two women. Adriana his wife and the mother of their daughter, the woman with whom he’s shared the thrills of the past ten years, and Raluca the woman who has made him redefine himself. He has to leave one of them before Christmas.



9 .) Police, Adjective (2009) directed by Corneliu Porumboiu

	Police, Adjective (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Honest Publishing
  • IMDB
  • Indie Ethos
  • Taste Of Cinema

A cop named Cristi must go undercover to trail teen Victor who is suspected of selling pot in the north-eastern city of Vasliu.



8 .) Tales from the Golden Age (2009) directed by Hanno Höfer

	Tales from the Golden Age (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Honest Publishing
  • IMDB
  • MUBI
  • Revolvy

Tales from the Golden Age is composed of 5 unconventional short stories, each one dealing with the late communist period in Romania, told through its urban myths from the perspective of ordinary people. The title of the film refers to the alluded “Golden Age” of the last 15 years of Ceauşescu’s regime.



7 .) Aurora (2010) directed by Cristi Puiu

	Aurora (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Honest Publishing
  • IMDB
  • Indie Ethos
  • MUBI
  • Taste Of Cinema

An apartment kitchen: a man and a woman discuss Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping next room. Waste land on the city outskirts: behind a line of abandoned trailers, the man silently watches what seems to be a family. The same city, the same man: driving through traffic with two hand-made firing pins for a hunting rifle. The man is 42 years old, his name – Viorel. Troubled by obscure thoughts, he drives across the city to a destination known only to him. ×



6 .) California Dreamin’ (2007) directed by Cristian Nemescu

	California Dreamin' (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Honest Publishing
  • IMDB
  • MUBI
  • Revolvy
  • The Culture Trip

Romanian director Cristian Nemescu’s comedy California Dreamin’ (aka Nesfarsit, 2007) unfolds against the backdrop of the Kosovo War, circa 1999. A NATO train rolls through a Romanian hamlet, transporting a plethora of weapons across the country – without official documents, and equipped only with the verbal consent of the Romanian authorities. The transport thus grows intensely vulnerable.



5 .) The Paper Will Be Blue (2006) directed by Radu Muntean

	The Paper Will Be Blue (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Without Borders
  • Honest Publishing
  • IMDB
  • Revolvy
  • Taste Of Cinema

Out of enthusiasm, a Militia soldier abandons his platoon and decides to fight for the cause of the Revolution. His Lieutenant and the rest of the crew look for him during the confused night of 22-23 December 1989.



4 .) The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006) directed by Cãtãlin Mitulescu

	The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Honest Publishing
  • IMDB
  • MUBI
  • Revolvy
  • Taste Of Cinema

Bucharest 1989 – the last year of Ceausecu’s dictatorship. Eva lives with her parents and her 7 year old brother, Lalalilu. One day at school, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu. They are forced to confess their crime before a disciplinary committee and Eva is expelled from school and transferred to a reformatory establishment. There she meets Andrei, and decides to escape Romania with him. Lalalilu becomes convinced that Ceausescu is the main reason for Eva’s decision to leave. So with his friends from school he devises a plan to kill the dictator. ×



3 .) 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006) directed by Corneliu Porumboiu

	12:08 East of Bucharest (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Calcert Journal
  • Honest Publishing
  • IMDB
  • MUBI
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Culture Trip

It’s the 22nd of December. Sixteen years have passed since the revolution, and in a small town Christmas is about to come. Piscoci, an old retired man is preparing for another Christmas alone. Manescu, the history teacher, tries to keep up with his debts. Jderescu, the owner of a local television post, seems not to be so interested in the upcoming holidays. For him, the time to face history has come. Along with Manescu and Piscoci, he is trying to answer for himself a question which for 16 years has not had an answer: “Was it or wasn’t it a revolution in their town?” ×



2 .) 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) directed by Cristian Mungiu

	4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cinema Without Borders
  • Honest Publishing
  • IMDB
  • Indie Ethos
  • MUBI
  • Rate Your Music
  • Revolvy
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Culture Trip

Two college roommates have 24 hours to make the ultimate choice as they finalize arrangements for a black market abortion.



1 .) The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005) directed by Cristi Puiu

	The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Calcert Journal
  • Cinema Without Borders
  • Honest Publishing
  • IMDB
  • Indie Ethos
  • MUBI
  • Rate Your Music
  • Revolvy
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Culture Trip

Mr. Lazarescu (Ion Fiscuteanu) is a retired Romanian engineer, spending his time in the company of his cats and booze. When he starts feeling unusually ill, he first seeks painkillers from his neighbors. It soon becomes apparent that Lazarescu is indeed sick, and an ambulance arrives with a nurse (Luminita Gheorghiu) who has a few ideas about what could be the problem. However, a major traffic accident and poor organization leaves little room in Romanian hospitals for the fading Lazarescu. ×



 


The 75+ Additional Best Romanian New Wave Films



 

# Movies Directors Lists
23 A Film for Friends (2011) Radu Jude IMDB
24 Adalbert’s Dream (2011) Gabriel Achim IMDB
25 Aferim! (2015) Radu Jude IMDB
26 Angling (2008) Adrian Sitaru IMDB
27 Australia (2009) Claudiu Mitcu IMDB
28 Best Intentions (2011) Adrian Sitaru IMDB
29 Bless You, Prison (2002) Nicolae Margineanu IMDB
30 Boogie   Honest Publishing
31 Captivi de Craciun (2010) Iulia Rugina IMDB
32 Ceva Bun de la Viata (2011) Dan Pita IMDB
33 Chasing Rainbows (2012) Dan Chisu IMDB
34 Cigarettes and Coffee   Rate Your Music
35 Closer to the Moon (2014) Nae Caranfil IMDB
36 Crossing Dates (2008) Anca Damian IMDB
37 Crulic – The Path to Beyond (2011) Anca Damian IMDB
38 Daca aveti un minut…foarte bine! (2003) Ivo Baru IMDB
39 Domestic (I) (2012) Adrian Sitaru IMDB
40 Eminescu versus Eminem (2005) Florin Piersic Jr. IMDB
41 Europolis (2010) Cornel Gheorghita IMDB
42 Eva (II) (2010) Adrian Popovici IMDB
43 Everybody in Our Family (2012) Radu Jude IMDB
44 Everyday God Kisses Us on the Mouth (2001) Sinisa Dragin IMDB
45 Excerpt from Sieranevada Cristi Puiu (2016) Calcert Journal
46 First of All, Felicia (2009) Melissa de Raaf IMDB
47 Francesca (2009) Bobby Paunescu IMDB
48 Gone with the Wine (2002) Corneliu Porumboiu IMDB
49 Great Communist Bank Robbery (2004) Alexandru Solomon IMDB
50 Hello! How Are You? (2010) Alexandru Maftei IMDB
51 Hooked (2008)   Taste Of Cinema
52 I’m an Old Communist Hag (2013) Stere Gulea IMDB
53 I’m Not Famous But I’m Aromanian (2013) Toma Enache IMDB
54 If the Seed Doesn’t Die (2010) Sinisa Dragin IMDB
55 Italiencele (2004) Nap Toader IMDB
56 Kapitalism: Our Improved Formula (2010) Alexandru Solomon IMDB
57 Kino Caravan (2009) Titus Muntean IMDB
58 Love Building (2013) Iulia Rugina IMDB
59 Love Sick (2006) Tudor Giurgiu IMDB
60 Loverboy (2011) Cãtãlin Mitulescu IMDB
61 Lupu (2013) Bogdan Mustata IMDB
62 Mar nero (2008) Federico Bondi IMDB
63 Maria (2003) Cãlin Peter Netzer IMDB
64 Mátyás, Mátyás (2010) Cecília Felméri IMDB
65 Medal of Honor (2009) Cãlin Peter Netzer IMDB
66 Megatron (2008) Marian Crisan IMDB
67 Metrobranding (2010) Ana Vlad IMDB
68 Niki and Flo (2003) Lucian Pintilie IMDB
69 Of Snails and Men (2012) Tudor Giurgiu IMDB
70 Offset (2006) Didi Danquart IMDB
71 One Floor Below (2015) Radu Muntean IMDB
72 Oul de cuc (2010) Ioan Cãrmãzan IMDB
73 Outbound (2010) Bogdan George Apetri IMDB
74 Oxygen (2010) Adina Pintilie IMDB
75 Palme D’Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival   Indie Ethos
76 Philanthropy (2002) Nae Caranfil IMDB
77 Portrait of the Fighter as a Young Man (2010) Constantin Popescu IMDB
78 Principles of Life (2010) Constantin Popescu IMDB
79 Quest (2010) Ionut Piturescu IMDB
80 Razboi în bucatarie (2003) Marius Barna IMDB
81 Red Gloves (2010) Radu Gabrea IMDB
82 Rocker (2012) Marian Crisan IMDB
83 Roxanne (2013) Valentin Hotea IMDB
84 Silent River (2011) Anca Miruna Lazarescu IMDB
85 Silent Wedding (2008) Horatiu Malaele IMDB
86 Somewhere in Palilula (2012) Silviu Purcarete IMDB
87 Strung Love (2010) Victor Dragomir IMDB
88 Summer Holiday (2008) Radu Muntean IMDB
89 Tache (2007 TV Movie) Igor Cobileanski IMDB
90 The Afternoon of a Torturer (2001) Lucian Pintilie IMDB
91 The Cage (2010) Adrian Sitaru IMDB
92 The Japanese Dog (2013) Tudor Cristian Jurgiu IMDB
93 The Other Irene (2009) Andrei Gruzsniczki IMDB
94 The Phantom Father (2011) Lucian Georgescu IMDB
95 The Rage (2002) Radu Muntean IMDB
96 The Rest is Silence (2007) Nae Caranfil IMDB
97 The Second Game (2014) Corneliu Porumboiu IMDB
98 The Shukar Collective Project (2011) Matei-Alexandru Mocanu IMDB
99 The Source (2011) Radu Mihaileanu IMDB
100 The Tube with a Hat  
Cinema Without Borders
101 The Woman in the Dream (2005) Dan Pita IMDB
102 Ursul (2011) Dan Chisu IMDB
103 Vineri in jur de 11 (2006) Iulia Rugina IMDB
104 WebSiteStory (2010) Dan Chisu IMDB
105 Wedding in Bessarabia (2009) Nap Toader IMDB
106 When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2013) Corneliu Porumboiu IMDB
107 Where Are You Bucharest? (2014)   Taste Of Cinema

 


 


10 Best Romanian New Wave Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Calcert Journal Keep on rolling: why the Romanian New Wave of cinema shows no
Cinema Without Borders ROMANIAN NEW WAVE, International Spotlight “Romania at LAFF
Honest Publishing The Romanian New Wave – An Introduction to Contemporary
IMDB Romanian New Wave Movies
Indie Ethos Romanian New Wave – 5 top films
MUBI The Romanian ‘New Wave’
Rate Your Music Romanian New Wave films
Revolvy Romanian New Wave
Taste Of Cinema 15 Essential Films For An Introduction To The Romanian New Wave
The Culture Trip The New Wave Of Romanian Cinema

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