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.
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112 min

and a security agent,

both unarmed.

The crowd was thrown

into a state of panic.

Innocent bystanders

were wounded.

Gunshots were heard

in our capital

for the first time

since the war.

And it's no accident that these

Barbarians carried out

their heinous acts

in front of a maternity ward

where our innocent babies bravely

greet their socialist future.

It is obvious that these

criminals were in the pay of

foreign imperialists

and Zionists

and have a deep hatred of our

country's socialist institutions.

The people demand

the harshest sentence

for every one of these

saboteurs and traitors!

The people demand

an example be set!

Comrade judge, the people demand

the execution of

these infamous snakes!

Comrade judge, Honorable Court.

We kindly ask you

to take into consideration

the fact that

the 5 defendants admit

and sincerely regret

their actions.

They are educated people.

Each of them

a respected professional.


I just wanted you to take that

into consideration.

Thank you.

The verdict!

The Military Tribunal of

the People's Republic of Romania

on this day, the 17th day

of August, 1960

decides, the accused,

Radoiu Rosenthal, Maximilian

is found guilty of

conspiring against the state

criminal acts of terror,

armed robbery of public funds.

The court sentences the accused

to death by firing squad.

The accused Bercovich, Alice

is found guilty

of conspiracy against the state,

criminal acts of terror.

The court sentences the accused

to death by firing squad.

Auerbach Dorneanu, Dumitru is found

guilty of conspiracy against the state.

The court sentences the accused

to death by firing squad.


Orvitz Orodel, Razvan is found

guilty of conspiracy against the state

criminal acts of terror

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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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