Lucian Pintilie's An Unforgettable Summer
Following an excerpt of An Unforgettable Summer, Lucian Pintilie and Kristin Scott Thomas, the main actor, introduce this film which is in competition at the Cannes festival and which takes place during the 1920s, during the Romanian and Bulgarian conflict of the Dodroudja region. Pintilie talks about the childhood memories that inspired the film and of the message he wanted to convey during the current political context.
Romanian filmmaker Lucian Pintilié, born in 1933, owes his fame to theatre more than anything else. With artistic and political audacity, he staged approximately thirty plays in his country, up until 1972, when the Ceausescu regime forced him to exile himself in Paris, where he pursued his theatrical activity.
Back in Romania in 1992, Pintilié, who was always very interested in radio and television, kept making films that outlined what was done in the 60s, with films such as La Reconstitution, which was a forbidden fable in its day (1969). He is interested in giving an account, in a satiric tone, of the state of a European country that was torn apart and impoverished by dictatorships and nationalist conflicts.
Several film genres were therefore borrowed from and combined with success. A lush and picaresque fable (Balan?a, 1992), a historical chronicle (An Unforgettable Summer, 1994), a politico-symbolic detective tale (Prea Târziu, 1996) and a slapstick comedy (Niki Ardelean, Colonel în Rezerv? , 2003) all are part of a smart and powerful collection of work, exceptionally dense and whose ultimate film just might be Dup?-Amiaza unui Tor?ionar (2001).