Licu, a Romanian Story
(dir. Ana Dumitrescu, Romania 2017, 87’)
Lecture preceding the film: Mihai Fulger (Romanian Film Archive)
The complicated history of Romania presented through the perspective of a 92-year-old man. Today, Licu lives alone in a house full of photographs and items that bring back memories. Beloved wife, holidays with friends, illnesses and deaths, all that in the shadow of the war and the totalitarian communist regime. A story about love, old age, passing and, above all, the profound impact that a county’s history may have on the lives of ordinary people.
Mihai Fulger is a film critic and curator based in Bucharest. He has been active as a film critic since 2002, writing over 1,000 cinema-related articles for cultural and general publications, as well as for websites and blogs, both in Romanian and English. He has been a member of the Film Critics’ Association within the Romanian Filmmakers’ Union (UCIN) and of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) since 2007, as well of the European Film Academy (EFA) since 2018. He has collaborated, mostly as programmer, with various film festivals in Romania since 2007. He served as FIPRESCI Jury member in several major international film festivals (Berlin, Busan, Cluj, Gijón, Stockholm, Warsaw, etc.). His first individual book, “The New Wave in Romanian Cinema”, was awarded in 2007 with the “George Littera” prize of the Film Critics’ Association for the best cinema book. He is one of the founding editors of the “Film” quarterly magazine, published by UCIN since 2013. Since 2012 he has been working for the Romanian National Film Archive (ANF), mostly as a director and programmer of the Romanian Cinematheque in Bucharest. He is currently following a PhD in film studies.
The screening is organised in cooperation with the Romanian Institute of Culture in Warsaw.