Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn 2021

Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc

Directed by Radu Jade Radical Empathy

“Radu Jude's tale of a sex tape gone wrong jams two very different movies together for a bold, hilarious take on society's awful state.” — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

Nov 01

Lumière Cinemas (Bernhardt)

Nov 03

Lumière Cinemas (Bernhardt)

Nov 06

Lumière Cinemas (Bernhardt)

Romania In Romanian with English subtitles
107 minutes DCP
R18
explicit sex scenes and offensive language

Director, Screenplay

Cast

Katia Pascariu
,
Claudia Ieremia
,
Olimpia Mălai
,
Nicodim Ungureanu

Producer

Ada Solomon

Cinematography

Marius Panduru

Editor

Cătălin Cristuțiu

Music

Jura Ferina
,
Pavao Miholjević

Festivals

Berlin, New York, London 2021

Awards

Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival 2021

Elsewhere

A cheerfully explicit (and mildly kinky) homemade sex-tape is the peep-show opener from where this story unravels. When said sex-tape quickly ends up on the internet, schoolteacher Emi is vilified – as much for having enthusiastic sex with her husband as for ending up on the net.

Spinning into a joyously experimental realm of archive footage, Romanian auteur Radu Jude contemplates fragments of the 20th century and dives down etymological rabbit holes that ponder the power of the word. He returns to us in a tremendous third act, documenting Emi’s plight: her community have placed her on trial, with archetypes from mid-century master Bertolt Brecht creeping in from the wings, their protest placards left just off-camera but voices loud and strident. Under cross examination, Emi provides a voice of reason in the rising cacophony of hypocrisy amid salacious demands for replaying of the ‘evidence’; an extreme instance of institutionalised slut shaming. Ionesco’s Bald Prima Donna would find a kindred spirit in the beleaguered Emi, while we might find too many echoes of modern life lurking just below the surface of the strange. It’s no coincidence this blistering absurdist provocation was shot in Covid-outbreak Bucharest: the city where Ionesco, the father of the avant-garde Theatre of the Absurd, came to manhood.

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn won the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear for Best Film in February, perhaps in part because it captures the chaos of our global zeitgeist. What happens when a broken society unsteadily clawing its way back from the ravages of authoritarian dictatorship is then struck down by a global pandemic? Watch and find out. — Marten Rabarts