”Child’s Pose” wins Best Film at the International Francophone Film Festival in Namur

Romanian film ”Child’s Pose” directed by Calin Peter Netzer and starring the great Luminita Gheorghiu, Florin Zamfirescu, Ilinca Goia amongst many other talented artists, won the most important prize at this year’s International Francophone Film Festival in Namur, Belgium.

Already awarded the Golden Bear at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, the film ”Child’s Pose” received yet again another important recognition for its contribution to the world of international cinema.

Critically acclaimed, The ”Child’s Pose” is a contemporary drama focusing on the relationship between a mother and her 32-year-old son. After the accidental killing of a boy in a car crash, the mother tries to prevent her son being charged for the death, and she refuses to accept that her son is a grown-up man.

On Indie Wire Patrick Gamble from Cinevue used B+ in rating the film and described it as: ”A suffocating and overbearing drama, Child’s Pose cuts to the bare bone of maternal love. Yet despite Netzer’s harsh and clinical approach, his gentle use of humour and the most sincerest of intentions create a deeply compassionate film about the emotionally crippling effects of loss – and an enlightening examination of contemporary Romanian society.”

Child's Pose

Protagonist Luminita Gheorghiu who plays the role of the mother has also proved an exceptional talent and skill in the ”Child’s Pose” for which she was awarded the Best Actress Prize both at Berlin’s International Film Festival and at the International Francophone Film Festival in Namur, Belgium. This is a distinction that only a handful of actors and actresses manage to achieve throughout their career and comes at a perfect timing for Gheorghiu who had spent decades working in the Romanian theater and cinema world.

Hollywood Reporter stated that ”Luminita Gheorghiu shines as a controlling mother who goes into overdrive when her adult son runs over a child.” Critics went on to say that ”More than anything else, it is Gheorghiu’s un-self-conscious, realistic character study of the emotional tyrant Cornelia that keeps the engine running on a compactly written drama.”

Also referring to the screenplay by Razvan Radulescu and director Calin Peter Netzer, The Hollywood Reporter considered it to be ”admirably handled, with wicked moments of humor balancing out a truly dramatic finale.”

Soon to be shown in Luxembourg, as part of the official competition line-up of the CinEast Central and Eastern European Film Festival, I am truly looking forward to watching yet another great production that comes to maintain and reconfirm the quality of the Romanian cinema produced in the most recent years. Besides that, Ilinca Goia who stars in the film will attend the official screening and will therefore be answering questions posed by the audience.

The ”Child’s Pose” has also been selected as the Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.

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