Closer to the Moon

Synopsis: Bucharest 1959. A spectacular Bank heist has the country in an uproar. In post-war Communist Romania it is an unimaginable slap in the face to the iron fisted authorities. Four men and a woman are arrested, tried, convicted and while waiting for their execution... are forced to star in a propaganda film about the crime. All five protagonists were heroes of the resistance during the Second World War and highly placed members of Romanian society. They clearly knew they would be caught and executed.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Nae Caranfil
Production: IFC Films
  9 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

Okay, I'm game.

No, no. There.

Move in.

- Yeah.

- Nice, nice.

Come on.

Look at those knockers.

Sure, scratch your little ass.

Feels good, eh?

Hey, Virgil! The boss wants

to see you. Now.

- Sorry, time's up.

- What..

Come in.

Ah, the young man

we told you about.

Comrade Holban of

the State Security Service.

This is your lucky day, sonny.

The comrades have given

us a mission.

We're going to make a short film

about a rather, special event.

All our cameramen are busy

on the parade right now.

So Maestro Flaviu and I have decided

it was time you took the plunge.

You start

the day after tomorrow.

I... Comrades,

you've made the right decision!

You don't say!

It's a great honor

and... and

and I... I solemnly swear

not to disappoint you.


Hardly a great start.

I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry.

You'll need some preparation, given the

rather special nature of the film.

Radoiu Maximilian,

Dorneanu Dumitru, Orodel Razvan

Ristea Yorgu,

and Bercovich Alice

are charged with attacking and robbing,

on August 15th, 1959

a National Bank of Romania car,

while it delivered funds

to the branch located

at Number 13, Martyrs' Square.

Opposite the maternity

hospital at number...

Are these the masks they were

wearing in Martyrs' Square?

- Yes.

- Yes.

Witnesses, do you stand by

the statements

you made during

the investigation?

- Yes.

- Yes.

You think this is funny,

you piece of scum?

You're having a good time?

Comrade prosecutor,

your summation.

On the morning of

the 15th of August, 1959

5 bloodthirsty hyenas were

stalking their prey.

A car belonging to

the National State Bank

delivering 2 million

lei in payroll

for thousands of decent,

hardworking communists.

Armed with pistols

and machine guns

they violently attacked a driver

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Nae Caranfil

Nae Caranfil (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈna.e karanˈfil]; also Nicolae Caranfil) (born 1960, Bucharest) is a Romanian film director and screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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