One Floor Below (Un Etaj Mai Jos)


Lark Theatre Sat, Oct 10, 2015 12:00 PM
Throckmorton Theatre Mon, Oct 12, 2015 8:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:93 min
Premiere Status:US
Director:Radu Muntean
Producer:Dragos Vilcu
Screenwriter:Alexandru Baciu
Radu Muntean
Razvan Radulescu
Cinematographer:Tudor Lucaciu
Editor:Alexandru Radu
Cast:Teodor Corban
Iulian Postelnicu
Oxana Moravec
Note Writer:Nancy Fishman


Murder interrupts an intensely private man’s ordered world in director Radu Muntean’s (The Paper Will Be Blue, MVFF 2007) gripping drama. On his way out to walk his dog one summer day, Mr. Patrascu (Teodor Corban) overhears his downstairs neighbor, Laura, arguing with a man. When he encounters Valentin (Iulian Postelnicu), another tenant, right outside her door, Patrascu is curious but says nothing. But when he learns Laura has been killed, it becomes harder for Patrascua family man who prizes routineto maintain his deeply ingrained reticence. Muntean, a central figure of Romanian New Wave cinema, builds the film’s tension masterfully as Patrascu’s encounters with Valentin cross the threshold of his own neatly ordered apartment, family, and work. This deftly acted drama of a middle-class Romanian family roils with the pressure of its patriarch’s conscience, simmering beneath the surface of his desperate reserve and reluctance to get involved.

Co-presented by Romanian Film Festival

Additional Information

One Floor Below is Radu Muntean's fifth feature and his second film in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. His other films include Rage (2003), The Paper Will Be Blue (2006), Boogie/Summer Holiday (2008) and Tuesday After Christmas (2010). His work has received numerous awards in multiple festivals, including Romanian Cineastes Union, Sarajevo IFF, Eurasia, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam, and Hamptons.