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When the Soviet Army marched into Romania in 1944, a part of the Romanian population went “into the mountains” – a diverse assortment of nationalists and fascists, liberals, apolitical farmers and members of the middle-class, who were affected by the Communists’ expropriations. Over a thousand armed resistance groups took refuge in the inaccessible forests of the Carpathian Mountains where they waited in vain for the support of the Western Allies. Thirty of them held their ground well into the 1950s. One was led by Ion Gavrilă-Ogoranu, who managed to remain undetected until 1976 when he was arrested.

Constantin Popescu’s feature film depicts the daily existence of this group. With the strictness of protocol, it tells the story of a struggle that became an end in itself, as the enemy was constantly in pursuit and arrest meant torture and often liquidation. Hungry and emotionally withdrawn, the group of young men got entangled in a partisan war that could not be won, lost in the landscape of the South Carpathians, accompanied by a vigilant secret police, the Securitate. The everyday life of a hunt that was far from the heroism attributed to the glorified anti-communist resistance today.

Bernd Buder

Production: Filmex Film Romania, Bukarest

Screenplay: Constantin Popescu

Camera: Liviu Mărghidan

Cast: Constantin Diţă, Ionuţ Caras, Bogdan Dumitrache, Cătălin Babliuc, Ion Bechet, Vasile Calofir, Constantin Lupescu, Dan Bordeianu

Format: 35mm, color and black-and-white

Running time: 163 min.

Language: Romanian

Funded by:

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