Poppy Field (2022)

Director: Eugen Jebeleanu Run Time: 83 min. Release Year: 2020

Starring: Alexandru Potocean, Cendana Trifan, Conrad Mericoffer, Ionuț Niculae, Radouan Leflahi

Country: Romania
Language: Romanian, English, French

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“highly polished début film… based on real life occurrences in Romania… reveals aspects of the wider damage done by prejudice that are rarely seen onscreen”

—Jennie Kermode for Eye for Film

About the film:

Premiered at the 2020 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Planning to spend a romantic weekend with his long-distance boyfriend, Christi’s tender reunion is cut short when he is called in to handle a crisis at work. Christi is a member of the Bucharest police force, and his unit is sent to quell a protest at a local movie theater, where a far-right group has interrupted the screening of a queer film. As tensions between the homophobic protesters and the audience mount, Christi, closeted to his fellow officers, begins to spiral out of control when he spots a former fling in the crowd. A violent outburst threatens to expose Christi’s secret and forces him to confront the contradictions between his personal and professional life.

About the filmmaker:

Eugen Jebeleanu is a Romanian theater and film director whose projects explore political and social subjects with a focus on giving voices to the anonymous, the outsiders, and those who revolt against systems which censor freedom of expression. He has worked with prestigious theaters around the world, including the National Theatre in Stuttgart and the Opera de Lyon.

Poppy Fields is his first feature film.

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