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Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Romania | 2013 | 105 minutes | Andrei Gruzsniczki

In mid-’80s Romania, a gifted mathematician is under investigation for plans to publish a new theorem by smuggling it overseas. He’s one in a network of academics struggling beneath the oppressive dictatorship in this gripping tale of science and secrecy.

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Shot in luminous black-and-white, Quod Erat Demonstrandum—often written as “Q.E.D.” at the conclusion of a mathematical proof—evokes the suffocating nature and deprivation of the Romanian police state, while exposing the cracks that would soon lead to its violent demise. Romanian mathematician Sorin Parvu (Sorin Leoveanu) made a splash when an article on one of his theorems was published in an American journal. But because he’s a citizen of the Ceaușescu regime of the 1980s, all that matters to the Securitate, or secret police, is Sorin’s loyalty. Because he’s not an official member of the Communist Party, Sorin has been unable to earn his official Ph.D. Now that he’s published a paper in the West without going through the proper state channels, the rebellious math genius becomes the subject of an investigation by Securitate agent Alecu Voican (Florin Piersic, Jr.). To dig up more dirt, Alecu enlists the help of Sorin’s friend Lucian (Dorian Boguţa), who has grown wealthy by collaborating with state officials. Alecu is also on the trail of engineer Elena (Ofelia Popii), a colleague and secret love interest of Sorin’s. Elena wants to join her husband, who had defected to France years earlier, but Alecu has other plans for her in his twisted game of deception and betrayal. With exacting period details, director Andrei Gruzsniczki shows how the Securitate effectively stoked paranoia and preyed on personal relationships to exploit weaknesses.

Director Biography

Romanian writer and director Andrei Gruzsniczki earned a theater studies degree in 1994 and collaborated with Lucian Pintilie on two films, Next Stop Paradise (1998) and Niki and Flo (2003). Gruzsniczki’s first feature film, The Other Irene (2009), won Best Debut Feature at the SEE Fest in Los Angeles, the Silver Atlas for Best Director at the Arras International Film Festival, and the Grand Prize at the Anonimul Film Festival in Bucharest. Quod Erat Demonstrandum (2013) is his second feature.

Sponsored by American Romanian Cultural Society

Director: Andrei Gruzsniczki
Principal Cast: Ofelia Popii, Sorin Leoveanu, Florin Piersic Jr., Virgil Ogășanu, Tora Vasilescu
Country: Romania
Year: 2013
Running Time: 105 minutes
Producer: Velvet Moraru
Screenplay: Andrei Gruzsniczki
Cinematographers: Vivi Drăgan Vasile
Editors: Dana Bunescu
Awards: Rome Film Festival 2013 (Special Jury Prize)
Filmography: The Other Irene (2009)
Language: Romanian
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Icon Production
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