Director: NAE CARANFIL
The Rest is Silence comes like a breath of fresh air, writes Variety critic Derek Elley, at a time when it’s easy to assume, from fests’ picks, that (currently “hot”) Romanian cinema is all grungy drama. This lively, witty widescreen costumer, about the making of the country’s first feature-length movie, is an intelligent crowd-pleaser made with affection for its characters and era.
We are back in 1912, he writes, when the film in question is The Independence of Romania celebrating the 35th anniversary of the war against the Turks and the Ottoman Empire and films ran an unprecedented two hours. Director Nae Caranfil fictionalized the characters but remained broadly true to actual events. Less a biopic than a romantic period comedy drama about the eternal conflict between business and art. The Rest is Silence can be enjoyed with no knowledge of the real story. Central character is a would-be D.W. Griffith-type who wants to impress wealthy landlord dad that he can concoct a hit and that movies are not a passing fad. Caranfil flavors the wide screen with the rich ochres of nostalgia in handsomely reviving a bygone Balkan era.
(In Romanian & French w/ Eng. subtitles)
ROMANIA• 2007 • 145 MINUTES • DIRECTOR: NAE CARANFIL