Malmkrog

« Cristi Puiu’s fourth film makes a virtue of high seriousness as guests at a country house discuss God, man, warfare and evil. »
The Guardian

Synopsis

The guests who come to the mansion of aristocratic landowner and man of the world Nikolai over the Christmas holidays are hand-picked. Among them is a politician, a young countess and a general with his wife. They converse and dine – what a wonderful, much-missed way of life – indulge in parlour games and discuss the right form of authority in the face of political impotence as well as progress and morality, death and the Antichrist. As the debate becomes more heated, cultural differences become increasingly apparent and the mood grows tense.

Screen version of Three Conversations, a key prophetic and apocalyptic work, written by Vladimir Solovyov, characterizes in bold strokes and with astonishing prescience the challenges that mankind faces as ‘progress’ races to bring history to an end, calling us to vigilance and resistance to evil.

Festivals & Awards

  • 70th Berlinale: Encounters 2020 (opening film)

Director

Filmography

  • 2020 Malmkrog
  • 2016 Sieranevada
  • 2014 Bridges of Sarajevo
  • 2010 Aurora
  • 2005 The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  • 2004 Cigarettes and Coffee
  • 2001 Stuff & Dough

Cast

Frederic Schulz-Richard, Agathe Bosch, Diana Sakalauskaité, Marina Palii, Ugo Broussot, István Téglás

Crew

Screenplay: Cristi Puiu (Adaptation of a text by Vladimir Solovyov)
Cinematography: Tudor Vladimir Panduru
Editing: Dragoș Apetri, Andrei Iancu, Bogdan Zărnoianu
Sound design: Christophe Vingtrinier
Production: Mandragora (ROU), Iadasarecasa (ROU)
Co-production: Sense Production (RS), Cinnamon Films (RS), Film i Väst, Doppelganger (SE), Bord Cadre films (CH), Produkcija 2006 Sarajevo (BA), Sisters and Brothers Mitevski (MK)

Technical Data

Format: DCP / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 200′
Released: 2020
Language: Romanian, Hungarian, French, English, Russian, German
Subtitles: English, French