SHADOW OF A CLOUD (30', Romania, 2013)

Screening: Fr, 13 Dec., Elvira Popescu Cinema, 5:30pm

RADU JUDE delivers his usual mix of gritty realism and humorous satire with SHADOW OF A CLOUD, awarded the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Short Film 2013. The story revolves around Father Florescu, as he is summoned to a dying young mother’s bedside to say a last prayer. Going beyond the stereotypes, priesthood is shown at the intersection between clerking and divinity, in the difficult position of delivering miracles to people who only half-heartedly believe. With a narrative that defies classical storytelling, SHADOW OF A CLOUD is a complex film that explores the trials and tribulations of man faced with his own finitude. (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2013)

Director: RADU JUDE

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Cast: Alexandru Dabija, Şerban Pavlu, Mihaela Sîrbu, Gabriel Spahiu

Screenplay: Radu Jude, Florin Lăzărescu

Cinematography: Marius Panduru

Editing: Cătălin Cristuţiu

Sound: Dana Bunescu

Producer: Ada Solomon

Production: Hi Film

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RADU JUDE is a graduate of the Filmmaking Department at the Media University. His short film THE TUBE WITH A HAT won more than 30 international prizes in Sundance, San Francisco, Los Angeles, while ALEXANDRA was selected in Clermont-Ferrand and awarded in Oberhausen. His fist feature, THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD, won NHK/Filmmaker Award in Sundance and a Hubert Bals grant and was selected in Berlinale-Forum 2009 (awarded with the CICAE award), Toronto, Sarajevo and London film festivals. His second feature, EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY, premiered in Berlinale-Forum and was awarded the Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Film, at Sarajevo Film Festival. It will soon be released in cinemas in France, Holland and Hungary, among others.



Quinzaine des Réalisateurs – Cannes 2013

Heart of Sarajevo for Best Short Film – Sarajevo Film Festival 2013

Romanian Days Award for Best Romanian Short – Transilvania International Film Festival 2013


SHADOW OF A CLOUD is also a movie about the body, about man’s relation to his own physicality, its impermanence and degradation. The theme of death frequently resurfaced in my life and it coincided with the time when I read the complete works of Chekhov; this theme appears very frequently in his work, but also the character of the priest, met with awkward situations in everyday life. Then there were the phone conversations with Florin Lăzărescu and we came up with the idea of a minister who says a final prayer. After that, we interviewed some clerics and that is how we heard about this situation, more or less as it is shown in the film. It’s a sort of exorcism for me and for Alexandru Dabija, of the fear and obsession with death. It’s constantly on my mind. Camus began The Myth of Sisyphus by saying that deciding whether or not life deserves to be lived is the most important question of all; it’s true, the most important issue is how you relate to death. Depending on how you answer this, you can carry on living, I believe… These past few years I’ve been discovering the silver lining of dying one day, the fact that it gives you a sort of freedom: not to be afraid of everyday things because one day you will die, so then what’s the point in worrying over anxiety, embarrassment, fears, scruples?” (RADU JUDE, Cinemagia interview)

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