The Fixer

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Romania | 2016 | 98 minutes | Adrian Sitaru

Seeing an opportunity to kick-start his journalism career by landing an interview with a young girl caught up in an international sex-trafficking scandal, a correspondent pushes the limits of professional ethics, leading him to examine his own morality.

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Radu (Tudor Istodor) is an ambitious young journalist with a scoop on a lurid sex scandal: Two underage Romanian girls forced into prostitution have just arrived back in Romania after being repatriated from France. Interested in making a name for himself and strengthening his connections with the international press, Radu gives the low-down to a French TV journalist who hires Radu as the local fixer. However, Radu's obsession with the case soon threatens to compromise his work and his own family relationships. The Fixer deals with the lines between morality, abuse, and exploitation. Is Radu able to hold up emotionally when faced with the suffering endured by these girls? Will he do whatever it takes for the journalists? And what exactly is the difference between journalism and activism? Infused with natural lighting and handheld camera movement, The Fixer has the feel of a documentary with solid direction from Romanian New Wave filmmaker Adrian Sitaru (Illegitimate). Actor Tudor Istodor also shines in a sobering performance, conveying the major emotional upheavals Radu goes through with subtle nuance, navigating his career between the exploited girls and the media circus.

Director Biography

Adrian Sitaru, born on November 4, 1971 in Deva, is a Romanian filmmaker living and working in Bucharest. In 2007 the short film Waves brought him the Golden Leopard of Tomorrow in Locarno Film Festival. His debut feature film, Hooked, premiered at Venice Days in 2008 and established Sitaru as a new voice in Romanian post-communist cinema. Since then, his films gathered recognition from festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale, Chicago, Locarno and Sarajevo. His latest feature, Illegitimate, premiered in the Forum section of Berlinale 2016 and won C.I.C.A.E. Award.

Sponsored by American Romanian Cultural Society

  • Director: Adrian Sitaru
  • Principal Cast: Tudor Aaron Istodor, Mehdi Nebbou, Nicolas Wanczycki, Diana Spatarescu, Adrian Titieni
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Romania, France
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Producer: Anamaria Antoci, Adrian Silisteanu
  • Screenplay: Claudia Silisteanu, Adrian Silisteanu
  • Cinematographers: Adrian Silisteanu RSC
  • Editors: Mircea Olteanu
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: In the Same Garden (2016); Illegitimate (2016); Domestic (2012); Best Intentions (2011); Hooked (2008)
  • Language: Romanian, French, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: MPM Film