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Aurora (2010)
Aurora (original title)
Fiction, 181 min
Production countries   Romania,France,Switzerland,Germany
Language   Romanian
Director   Cristi Puiu
Scriptwriter   Cristi Puiu
Producer   Anca Puiu
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An apartment kitchen: a man and a woman discuss Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping in the next room.
A wasteland on the outskirts of Bucharest: behind a line of abandoned trailers, the man silently watches what seems to be a family.
The same city, the same man: driving through traffic with two hand-made firing pins for a hunting rifle.
The man is 42 years old, his name - Viorel.
Troubled by obscure thoughts, he drives across the city to a destination known only to him.
Director's Statement
I had been wondering about the idea of crime and the act of murder after I saw a TV series on Romanian criminals a few years ago. What struck me was that most of those crimes were perpetrated within a circle of people who knew one another: parents, friends, co-workers or neighbours.
I also realised that as an ordinary citizen, I had access to this "world of crime", this underworld, only through cinema, literature and the media. I have always been convinced that they give a crude misrepresentation of both the profile of murderers and the act of murder.
As I tried to mentally visualise a murder, by starting with the evidence and finishing with the confessions of the murderer—often the only witness to the act—I more or less came to understand how events unfolded and how one thing led to another. However I still felt I was coming closer to cinema than to real life.
Bearing this in mind and wishing to avoid the clichés that are too often conveyed by films, my purpose with Aurora is to reconstruct the act of killing by integrating the personal story of the criminal into the crime and by avoiding any form of discourse that the fact that even all documentary representations can be called into question, since the moment of the crime
and the moment of the confession are two separate moments, and no matter what you do, the actual crime remains distinct from the recounted crime.
Beyond the questions generated by this topic, and beyond my anxieties about them, I worked relentlessly to make a "realistic" film and tried to render the toxic climate reigning in post communist Bucharest as accurately as possible. The demands of documentary like realism are
a constant in my overall vision of film; the raw image is therefore accompanied by direct sound recording. I worked with both professional and non-professional actors and I approached with the film in the same way as a researcher.
I sought to reconstruct the act of killing by depicting the dark side of people I see every day:
people who have never committed a murder.
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Sound format   Dolby Digital
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Aurora at Indiewire
Aurora on Wikipedia (en)
Aurora at Festival de Cannes - Un Certain Regard
Aurora at New York Times
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