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Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

California Dreamin' (Endless) 2007

California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit)

Directed by Cristian Nemescu

A robust village comedy with satirical bite and a pensive undertow, California Dreamin' personalises American intervention in the Balkans. "It has energy, wit and heart to spare." — IFC News

Romania In English and Romanian with English subtitles
155 minutes 35mm / Colour and B&W

Director

Screenplay

Tudor Voican
,
Cristian Nemescu
,
Catherine Linstrum

Photography

Liviu Marghidan

Editor

Catalin Cristutiu

With

Armand Assante
,
Razvan Vasilescu
,
Jamie Elman
,
Maria Dinulescu
,
Ion Sapdaru
,
Alex Margineanu
,
Andi Vasluianu

Festivals

Cannes (Un Certain Regard), Toronto, London 2007

Awards

Un Certain Regard Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2007

Elsewhere

A robust village comedy with satirical bite and a pensive undertow, California Dreamin‘ (Endless) personalises American intervention in the Balkans. The exceptional new generation of Romanian filmmakers suffered a terrible blow when its 27-year-old Wunderkind Cristian Nemescu died in a car crash before he‘d completed editing this, his first feature.

"It is billed as unfinished... but its verve and expansiveness more than make up for the ragged edges... In 1999, a convoy of U.S. soldiers, en route to Kosovo, is detained in a Romanian village by a despotic stationmaster (they‘re missing the necessary paperwork); with most of the locals, from the mayor to the high school‘s female population, intent on ‘seducing‘ the Americans, culture-clash tragicomedy ensues. It‘s not the most subtle allegory... but it has energy, wit and heart to spare and, as an anti-American smackdown, even maintains an affection for its ostensible targets." — Dennis Lim, IFC News