Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

« It is a film as well-elaborated as wild, intelligent and childish, geometric, vibrant and inaccurate, attacking the viewer: it leaves no one indifferent… shaking our social and cinematic conventions. »
Nadav Lapid (Jury member, 71st Berlinale 2021)

Synopsis

A video goes viral. It shows a man and a woman having sex while wearing masks. The woman is, nevertheless, identified. Too bad she is a teacher and supposed to be a role model. And this, moreover, in a (post-socialist but ultimately any) society that is about to get lost in a social network discourse of would-be healing squeaky-clean attitudes, pseudo-political knowing-it-all, sanctimonious chauvinism and grotesque conspiracy theories. Everyone has an opinion. The debate turns into a tribunal – about consensual sex, pornography and more.

Always up for innovative cinematic experiments, Radu Jude has crafted from this constellation an intelligent, satirical triptych: with its nonchalantly precise camerawork and manic humour found in the stress of everyday life on Bucharest’s streets, the first part shows us what contemporary cinema at the documentary-fiction interface can look like. The second part is an offbeat series of laconic, static images intended as an encyclopaedia of the symbols of our time. The film’s grand – albeit open-ended – finale is a discussion held at the school in which judgement is passed on our heroine’s right to exist.

Festivals & Awards

  • 71st Berlinale: Golden Bear for Best Film, 2021
  • 43rd Moscow International Film Festival: Missing pictures, 2021

Director

Filmography

Cast

Katia Pascariu, Claudia Ieremia, Olimpia Mălai, Nicodim Ungureanu, Alexandru Potocean, Andi Vasluianu, Radu Jude

Crew

Script: Radu Jude
Cinematography: Marius Panduru
Editing: Cătălin Cristuțiu
Music: Cătălin Cristuțiu
Sound design: Dana Bunescu
Production: microFilm (RO)
Co-production: Paul Thiltges Distributions (LU), Endorfilm (CZ), Kinorama (HR)
in association with : Bord Cadre films (CH)

Technical data

Format: DCP / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 106′
Released: 2021
Language: Romanian
Subtitles: English, French
Original title: Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc