12:08 East of Bucharest

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Overview

Gil-Scott Heron once wrote "the revolution will not be televised," but one Romanian newsman attempts to put his nation's revolution on the air after the fact in this satiric comedy from writer and director Corneliu Porumboiu. It's the sixteenth anniversary of the revolt that removed Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu from power in Romania, and Jderescu (Ion Sapdaru) is the host of a televised public affairs show who wants to do a special program on the revolution. Jderescu's idea is to bring on a handful of ...
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Overview

Gil-Scott Heron once wrote "the revolution will not be televised," but one Romanian newsman attempts to put his nation's revolution on the air after the fact in this satiric comedy from writer and director Corneliu Porumboiu. It's the sixteenth anniversary of the revolt that removed Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu from power in Romania, and Jderescu (Ion Sapdaru) is the host of a televised public affairs show who wants to do a special program on the revolution. Jderescu's idea is to bring on a handful of ordinary citizens to discuss their role in Ceausescu's overthrow and how their lives have changed since Communist rule was swept from Romania. However, Jderescu can only round up two guests for his broadcast -- elderly Piscoci (Mircea Andreescu), who's more interested in playing Santa Claus for the neighborhood kids than talking politics, and Manescu (Teo Corban), a schoolteacher nursing a brutal hangover. As Jderescu tries to lead a serious discussion of how Romania has changed since Ceausescu was driven from power, the conversation wanders off on a tangent about where the revolution actually took place, and the waters become even more muddied when Jderescu opens up the phone lines for questions from viewers, most of whom have their own distinct (and strongly conflicting) memories of the Revolution . . . and one of which has a bone to pick with Manescu over some drunken insults he hurled the night before. A Fost Sau n-a Fost? (aka 12:08 East of Bucharest) received its North American premier at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.
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Special Features

Director commentary; Original theatrical trailer; English & Spanish subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • UPC: 842498020333
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Source: Tartan Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,561

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mircea Andreescu Emanoil Piscoci
Teo Corban Virgil Jderescu
Ion Sapdaru Tiberiu Manescu
Mirela Cioaba Mrs Manescu
Luminita Gheorghiu Mrs Jderescu
Cristina Ciofu Vali
Lucian Iftime Lica
Annemarie Chertic Vera
Petrica Sapdaru Petric
Catalin Paraschiv Barman
George Guoquinyun Chen
Constantin Dita Tibi
Daniel Badale Professor
Marius Rogojinschi Neighbour
Aurelia Tocu Voice Only
Ion Ciolacu Voice Only
Lucian Pinzaru Voice Only
Corneliu Negrea Voice Only
Coca Bloos Voice Only
Marian Catalin Avasiloae Member of Grupul Rotaria
Marian Ciprian Birzoi Member of Grupul Rotaria
Alexandru Cântea Member of Grupul Rotaria
George Robert Cristea Member of Grupul Rotaria
Tudor Danaila Member of Grupul Rotaria
Andrei Danaila Member of Grupul Rotaria
Victor Alexandru Diaconu Member of Grupul Rotaria
Silviu Costel Dula Member of Grupul Rotaria
Sergiu Leonte Member of Grupul Rotaria
Daniel Popa Member of Grupul Rotaria
Iulian Suru Member of Grupul Rotaria
Remus Vatamanu Member of Grupul Rotaria
Andra Roxana Talmaciu Member of Grupul Rotaria
Romeo Talmaciu Member of Grupul Rotaria
Carmen Lenuta Trufia Member of Grupul Rotaria
Mihai Basescu Member of Grupul Rotaria
Andrei Bejinariu Extra
Mihai Chipcia Extra
Carmen Elena Dorobat Extra
Paul Filipescu Extra
Roxana Finaru Extra
Dumitru Madalin Geantau Extra
Andrada Ghiciuc Extra
Andrei Jigolea Extra
Constantin Jigolea Extra
Bogdan Leonard Mindru Extra
Razvan Mera Extra
Geanina Petruca Extra
Camelia Alexandra Tamas Extra
Valentina Luca Extra
Proumboiu Viorica Extra
Tocu Aurelia Extra
Costin Volin Extra
Alexandru Mita Extra
Ursu Marcela Extra
Burlac Dan Extra
Catalin Croitoru Extra
Mihai Coritoru Extra
Daniel Haba Extra
Ciprian Damian Extra
Grigoriu Eugen Extra
Mihai Basecu Extra
Mihai Apetroaie Extra
Costel Craciun Extra
Constantin Gutuman Extra
Costica Moldoveanu Extra
Saftica Vitala Extra
Alexandru Boicu Extra
Catalin Buchinici Extra
Andrei Grigore Extra
Mahmote Andrei Cristian Extra
Catalin Petronela Chetran Extra
Paul George Chetran Extra
Alexandra Ionela Chetran Extra
Technical Credits
Corneliu Porumboiu Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Daniel Burlac Executive Producer
George Dascalescu Camera Operator
Alexandru Dragomir Sound/Sound Designer
Cristina Illie Makeup
Marius Panduru Cinematographer
Daniel Raduta Art Director, Production Designer
Monica Raduta Costumes/Costume Designer
Mihai Reti Special Effects
Rotaria Score Composer
Mihai Sofronea Asst. Director
Florin Stoian Special Effects
Roxana Szel Editor
Sebastian Zsemlye Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 12:08 East of Bucharest
1. The 16th Anniversary [7:26]
2. Morning Rituals [5:12]
3. Santa Claus [5:50]
4. It's Christmas [7:33]
5. Pay Day [6:28]
6. Everybody Makes Mistakes [5:08]
7. Issue of the Day [8:17]
8. Was There a Revolution? [9:12]
9. Tall Tales [5:46]
10. Nobody Was There [7:04]
11. Splitting Hairs [9:27]
12. Is There Another Caller? [5:10]
13. End Credits [2:32]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- 12:08 East of Bucharest
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Set Up
      Subtitles
         English: On/Off
         Spanish: On/Off
      Audio
         Romanian 2.0 Dolby Digital
         Romanian 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Romanian 5.1 DTS
   Extras
      Director Commentary
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Tartan Video Trailers
         The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
         Red Road
         The Page Turner
         The Cave of the Yellow Dog
         The Perfect Crime
         Play All
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