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Romania | 2016 | 89 minutes | Adrian Sitaru

A seemingly happy Romanian family is torn apart by a series of revealed secrets after the father, a retired doctor, confesses that during the Communist regime he would unrepentantly report women seeking abortions to the authorities.

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Illegitimate is a Romanian tragicomedy about unconditional love. Director Adrian Sitaru (Hooked, SIFF 2008) and his actors took a year and a half to build their characters. Shot in documentary style, this scriptless film boasts authentic performances, with many scenes being accomplished in a single take. The story kicks off at the apartment of a widowed doctor named Victor, as he sits with his adult children and discusses physics, wine, and even abortion until his son confronts him with the fact that, speaking of abortion, his name has shown up in historical documents that will cast a shadow on his Hippocratic Oath. Victor concedes that no one should tell another person how to live, and points out that the twins at the table, Sasha and Romi, owe their existence to the fact that he was against abortion. Director Sitaru crafts a daring film that grapples with moral dilemmas and pushes his ensemble as well as his audiences into uncomfortable corners where assumptions, convictions, beliefs, and actions are stretched to their limits in a tender but tough examination of familial bonds.

Director Biography
After studying film directing in Bucharest, Adrian Sitaru directed the short film Waves (2007), which won the Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival and more than 25 other awards. Illegitimate is his fourth feature.

Sponsored by American Romanian Cultural Society, Bellevue Reporter

  • Original Language Title: Ilegitim
  • Director: Adrian Sitaru
  • Principal Cast: Alina Grigore, Robi Urs, Bogdan Albulescu, Adrian Titieni, Cristina Olteanu
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Romania, Poland, France
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Producer: Anamaria Antoci, Stanislaw Dziedzic, Klaudia Smieja, Yohann Cornu
  • Screenplay: Alina Grigore, Adrian Sitaru
  • Cinematographers: Adrian Silisteanu, Alexandru Lorian Timosca
  • Editors: Mircea Olteanu, Theo Lichtenberger
  • Filmography: Domestic (2012); Best Intentions (2011); Hooked (2008)
  • Language: Romanian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Versatile Films