Original title: Malmkrog
Director: Cristi Puiu
Screenplay: Cristi Puiu (from the book Three Conversations by Vladimir Solovyo).
Producer: Anca Puiu (Romania)
Executive producer: Anamaria Antoci (Romania)
Co-producers: Jörgen Andersson & Kjell Åhlund (Doppelganger), Peter Possne (Film i Väst), Milan Stojanovic (Sense Production, Serbia), Ivica Vidanovic (Cinnamon Film, Serbia), Dan Wechsler (Bord Cadre Films, Switzerland), Mirsad Purivatra (Production 2006, BIH) and Labina Mitevska (Sisters and Brothers Mitevski, Northern Macedonia).
Year of release: 2020
The guests who come to the mansion of aristocratic landowner and man of the world Nikolai over the Christmas holidays are hand-picked. Among them is a politician, a young countess and a general with his wife. They converse and dine – what a wonderful, much-missed way of life – indulge in parlour games and discuss the right form of authority in the face of political impotence as well as progress and morality, death and the Antichrist. As the debate becomes more heated, cultural differences become increasingly apparent and the mood grows tense. In the end, everyone will become a victim of his or her own discourse.
Festivals and nominations: Winner of best director at Berlinale (Encounters), 2020. International Film Fest Belgrade, 2020.