Romania-Serbia-Switzerland – 2020
Directed by: Cristi Puiu
Script: Cristi Puiu
DOP: Tudor Panduru
Cast: Frédéric Schulz-Richard, Agathe Bosch, Marina Palii, István Téglás
Nikolai, a large landowner, a man of the world, places his country estate at the disposal of some friends, by organizing a sojourn. For the guests, among which we find a politician, a young countess, a Russian General and his wife, time passes at the manor house with rich meals, society games and by engaging in a long discussion about death and the Antichrist, progress and morality. As the discussion gradually takes shape and the various topics are broached, each of them lays out his vision of the world, history, and religion. The hours pass, the discussion becomes more heated, the topics become more and more serious, and differences of culture and viewpoints grow increasingly apparent.
Whether for good reason or not, the guests end up exacerbating each other’s anxieties to the
Best Director in the Encounters Competition, Berlinale 2020