Magazine article Screen International

Films of the Year 2016: Dan Fainaru

Magazine article Screen International

Films of the Year 2016: Dan Fainaru

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MORE SCREEN CRITICS' TOP FILMS OF 2016

TOP FIVE

Sieranevada

Dir Cristi Puiu

A three-hour-long minimalist saga shot almost entirely in a cramped Bucharest flat, crowded with members of one family, 40 days after the death of its paterfamilias. No one is particularly concerned with the deceased - they're just waiting for the priest to show up for the traditional ceremony, before they can attack the food on the table. Deeply rooted in Romanian soil, this is a stunning portrait of the contemporary middle class, its preoccupations, worries and frazzled relationships.Profoundly human and universally valid, it is masterfully directed by Puiu and boasts vibrantly true performances.

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I Am Not Madame Bovary

Dir Feng Xiaogang

Precise, brilliantly shot and meticulously planned, with wonderfully shaped round frames, this is a biting social satire of today's Chinese society and its egalitarian presumptions. …

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