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Aferim! (2015)

Set in early 19th century Romania, a policeman, Costandin, is hired by a nobleman to find a Gypsy slave who has run away from his estate after having an affair with his wife.

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Set in early 19th century Wallachia, when a local policeman, Costandin, is hired by Iordache, a boyar (local noble), to find Carfin, a Gypsy slave who had run away from the boyar's estate after having an affair with his wife, Sultana. Costandin sets out to find the fugitive, beginning a journey full of adventures. Gypsy slavery lasted from the 14th century up until the middle of the 19th century, a situation which is very little known and almost nonexistent in the public debate today, although its impact continues to influence Romania's social life.

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€1,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,892, 24 January 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,706, 12 June 2016
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"Aferim!" is an Ottoman Turkish expression meaning "Bravo!". See more »

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When she talks with Constandin, Smaranda calls him Carfin once. See more »

Quotes

Costandin: Fear is shameful but healthy. It is God's gift.
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References Morometii (1987) See more »

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Suitade jocuri turceasc
Music composed by Napoleon Constantin
Sung by Napoleon Constantin
Publisher: Fundatia Al. Tzigara-Samurcas
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An exceptional, deeply intelligent gaze at a key historical period, with significant ramifications for today.

A runaway gypsy slave in early 19th-century Wallachia is hunted down by a constable and his son in Radu Jude's most accomplished and original feature yet, "Aferim!" In his two previous films, Jude's leitmotif was people's inhumanity to one another, full of power games and humiliations. Here he stays true to the theme, using this black-and-white oater to trace the roots of Romanian society's less positive characteristics. While its tone is occasionally overly strident, "Aferim!" is an exceptional, deeply intelligent gaze into a key historical period, done with wit as well as anger.

"Aferim!" is an Ottoman Turkish expression meaning "bravo!," a word used with deep irony in the film but one that can equally be directed, without any irony, at the director. A great deal of the freshness lies in the way Jude dispenses with traditional historical-film trappings even while cleaving to the classic structure of fugitive-hunting Westerns.There's nothing staid or prettified here, and while a significant amount of background research is on show, the helmer uses it to re-create an atmosphere rather than a specific, sacrosanct event.


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