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The Japanese Dog

Câinele Japonez

Romania | 2013 | 85 minutes | Tudor Cristian Jurgiu

In this honest, gently comic Romanian fable, recently widowed Costache, having lost his wife and possessions in the 2010 floods, reunites after 20 years with his estranged son, back from Japan with a wife and child.

May 26, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s impressive directorial debut centers on Costache (Victor Rebengiuc), who has been devastated since losing his wife and most of his home in the 2010 flood that ravaged northeast Romania. This understated telling is a sad but sweet story of reunion between a father and son who’ve been scarred in different ways. Now living in an abandoned farmhouse, Costache scavenges through the ruins of his neighborhood after the flood. While his neighbors offer help, he thinks he can take care of himself. Costache has a son named Ticu living somewhere in Asia, but he does not contact him. Eventually, Ticu arrives with a Japanese wife and a seven-year-old son of his own. Costache is resistant and perplexed by his son’s invasion. As the two attempt to overcome their difficult past, Jurgiu directs the action with minimal clutter and simple environments. He explores huge central human themes of family structures in a globalized world, and the intensity of overcoming cultural differences. Most importantly, The Japanese Dog examines how those scattered across the world can find their way back to one another.

Director Biography

Tudor Cristian Jurgiu graduated from Bucharest's National University of Theatre and Film "I.L.Caragiale" in 2009. He directed four short films while still at school. One of them, Oli's Wedding, was selected to participate in many festivals and won the Best Short Award at Leeds in 2009. The Japanese Dog, his first feature, will be released in Romania this October. His latest short, In The Fishbowl, was selected for the Cinéfondation competition at the last Festival de Cannes, where he was awarded the 3rd Prize Cinéfondation Ex-aequo.

Sponsored by American Romanian Cultural Society, Bellevue Reporter

Director: Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Principal Cast: Victor Rebengiuc, Serban Pavlu, Laurentiu Lazar, Kana Hashimoto, Toma Hashimoto
Country: Romania
Year: 2013
Running Time: 85 minutes
Producer: Tudor Cristian Giurgiu, Bogdan Craciun
Screenplay: Ion Antoci, Gabriel Gheorghe, Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Cinematographers: Andrei Butica
Editors: Dragos Apetri
Music: Vlad Voinescu, Flip Muresan
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Warsaw International Film Festival (Competition Award), Vilnius Film Festival 2014 (Best Film)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Romanian
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: m-appeal
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