Following IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE, which won a Silver Bear at the 60th Berlinale, Florin Serban’s second feature film, BOX, puts the director at the forefront of the »Romanian New Wave.« Since its emergence at the turn of the millenium, this wave of filmmaking has been dedicated to the search for identity of a country caught between the unfinished business of investigating and coping with the legacy of the Ceauşescu regime and the country’s reinvention as a Western-style democracy in a process fraught with structural corruption. Though Serban’s BOX is about people who are alienated from themselves as well as from each other, there is hope and tenderness in constellations that seem unlikely at first. As frustrated former actress Christina (Hilda Peter) gets involved with young Boxer Rafael (Rafael Florea in his acting debut), these protagonists try to establish their places in life in a country that is itself stranded between a traumatic past and an uncertain tomorrow.
Florin Serban, Jonas Katzenstein, Maximilian Leo
Rafael Florea, Hilda Péter, Nicolae Motrogan
The Match Factory GmbH
augenschein Filmproduktion GmbH
Neusser Straße 5-7
Selected filmography Florin Serban
MECANO (2001), EMIGRANT (2009), EU CÂND VREAU SĂ FLUIER, FLUIER (2010)