Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Starring: Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban, Ion Sapdaru
It is December 22. Sixteen years since the Romanian revolution, and in a small town Christmas is about to come. Piscoci, a friendly old retired man is preparing for another Christmas alone. Manescu, the alcoholic history teacher, tries to keep up with his debts. Jderescu, the owner of a local TV station, is not interested in the upcoming holidays. For him, the time to face history has come. Alongside Manescu and Piscoci, he tries to find the answer to a 16 year old question: "Was there or wasn't there a revolution in their town?"
12:08 East of Bucharest from director Corneliu Porumboiu took home the Camera d'Or for best debut film at Cannes in 2006. A quirky comedy that even I, whose only knowledge about Romania admittedly comes only from film and wikipedia, found very funny and enjoyable.