Cristi Puiu’s commanding chamber piece takes place during one day—January 10, 2015, the time of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris—and within a single Bucharest apartment. An extended family is gathering to prepare a meal together, an Orthodox ritual for ushering the soul of a dead patriarch into the afterlife. Twenty or so relatives, spouses, and children eventually cram the apartment, as old rivalries and betrayals start to surface. Brilliantly choreographed, Sieranevada is a breathtaking tour de force, “not only one of cinema’s great human frescos but a virtuosic dinner-table set piece to rival Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel” — Toronto International Film Festival. (Cristi Puiu, 2016, subtitles, 176 minutes)
This program is in conjunction with the National Gallery of Art.
This event is part of the European Month of Culture (EUMC). Now in its fifth year, EUMC is a month-long festival of innovative and creative events for the American public highlighting the diverse cultures of all 28 European Union Member countries. Enjoy film, dance, music, theatre, exhibits, language classes, workshops and more in great venues throughout Washington DC. Most events are free! To see all EUMC events, click here.