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Lucian Pintilie Retrospective @ MoMA

March 1-12
All screenings will take place at
MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street 
New York, NY 10019

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Film Admission:
$12 adults; $10 seniors, 65 years and over with I.D. $8 full-time students with current I.D. (for admittance to film programs only.) The price of a film ticket may be applied toward the price of a Museum admission ticket

Admission is free for Museum members and for Museum ticketholders, and tickets can be reserved online.

Tickets can be purchased by non-members at the MoMA Box Office (11 West 53 Street, NYC) a week prior to each screening or at the box office before the screening.

We encourage you to purchase tickets as soon as possible.


FRI, Mar 2, 7 pm 
200 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016

SPECIAL EVENT: A Conversation with Victor Rebengiuc and Mariana Mihuţ
In Romanian only

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Read or download our special brochure

Read the NY Times review of Niki and Flo

The First Complete U.S. Lucian Pintilie Retrospective at MoMA

With the extraordinary participation of Lucian Pintilie and legendary Romanian actors Victor Rebengiuc and Mariana Mihuţ

Recommended by the New York Times!

“Reenactment” is included in a two-week retrospective that begins on Thursday at the Museum of Modern Art. This comprehensive program also offers American audiences a chance to sample Mr. Pintilie’s more recent films, among them “Niki and Flo,” a mordant almost-comedy from 2003 that represents a bridge — and also a battle — between the old Romania and the new. It will run for a week at MoMA, receiving a belated and welcome North American premiere. [...] Niki and Flo is a fascinating stylistic hybrid, its observant naturalism infused with a delicate, almost coy sense of the absurd." (A.O. Scott, The New York Times, March 1, 2012. NY Times Critics' Pick. Read the full review.) 

One of Europe's finest filmmakers, Lucian Pintilie creates corrosive cinema that is at once original, ferocious, and hopeful. - Laurence Kardish, MoMA

The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York is proud to co-present with the Museum of Modern Art the first complete Lucian Pintilie retrospective in the U.S, in the presence of the legendary Romanian director.

Lucian Pintilie will introduce the opening screening of REENACTMENT, one of the landmark Romanian films of all time, on Thursday, March 1 at 7 pm. This special retrospective will give NYC audiences the chance to revisit some of his well known films in new prints, produced with the support of the Romanian National Film Center, and discover lesser known productions. The retrospective will also be accompanied by the first U.S. release of Pintilie's 2003 NIKI AND FLO.

Legendary theatre and film actors Victor Rebengiuc and Mariana Mihuţ, long time collaborators of Lucian Pintilie, both in film and on stage, will also join this celebration and will introduce the March 3 screening of CARNIVAL SCENES.

Additionally, the two actors will have a public conversation with Romanian audiences in NYC, moderated by film critic Mihai Chirilov (Artistic Director of the Romanian Film Festival in NYC) on Friday, March 2nd, at 7pm, at RCINY on 200 East 38th Street.


Niki & Flo (Niki Ardelean, colonel în rezervă)
Thu, Mar 1, 4:00 PM
Fri, Mar 2, 7:00 PM
Sat, Mar 3, 1:30 PM
Sun, Mar 4, 6:30 PM
Mon, Mar 5, 4:00 PM
Wed, Mar 7, 7:00 PM
Screenings followed by a recorded video interview with the director about the film.

Reenactment (Reconstituirea) (1968) NEW PRINT!
Thu, Mar 1, 7:00 PM: Official Opening: Screening introduced by Lucian Pintilie
Sat, Mar 10, 7:00 PM

Sunday at 6 (Duminică la ora 6) (1965)
Fri, Mar 2, 4:00 PM
Fri, Mar 9, 7:00 PM

Carnival Scenes (De ce trag clopotele, Mitică?) (1979)
Sat, Mar 3, 4:00 PM: Screening introduced by Victor Rebengiuc and Mariana Mihuţ
Thu, Mar 8, 7:00 PM

The Oak (Balanţa) (1991) NEW PRINT!
Sat, Mar 3, 7:30 PM
Thu, Mar 8, 4:00 PM

An Unforgettable Summer (Un été inoubliable) (1992)
Sun, Mar 4, 1:30 PM
Mon, Mar 12, 4:00 PM

Prea târziu (Too Late) (1996) NEW PRINT!
Sun, Mar 4, 4:00 PM
Sun, Mar 11, 1:30 PM

The Afternoon of a Torturer (După-amiaza unui torţionar) (2000)
Wed, Mar 7, 4:00 PM
Sat, Mar 10, 4:00 PM
Screenings followed by a recorded video interview with the director about the film.

Tertium Non Datur
Wed, Mar 7, 4:00 PM
Sat, Mar 10, 4:00 PM

Ward 6 (Paviljon VI) (1973)
Fri, Mar 9, 4:00 PM
Sun, Mar 11, 4:00 PM

Next Stop Paradise (Terminus Paradis)
(1998) NEW PRINT!
Sat, Mar 10, 1:30 PM
Sun, Mar 11, 6:30 PM

All screenings at MoMAFilm: The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, Theater 1, except for the screening of "An Unforgettable Summer" on MON, March 12, 4 pm, at Theater 2.


A Conversation with Victor Rebengiuc and Mariana Mihuţ
In Romanian only. Moderated by Mihai Chirilov
Fri, Mar 2, 7pm at the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York

The Lucian Pintilie Retrospective is organized by the Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art (Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator), with the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, and in collaboration with the Romanian Film Festival in NYC and the Romanian National Film Center, Bucharest.

On the occasion of the retrospective, the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York also produced a special brochure dedicated to the filmmaking career of Lucian Pintilie. Editor: Mihai Chirilov. You can browse or download it here:

“One of Europe's finest filmmakers, Lucian Pintilie, creates corrosive cinema that is at once original, ferocious, and hopeful. Born to Romanian parents in a German-speaking village in Southern Bessarabia, Pintilie describes the region as a halcyon polyglot and multicultural community, "today part of Ukraine...(then) inhabited by a genuine ethnic mosaic: Romanians, Ruthenians, Gagauzes, Turks, Tatars, Jews, and, of course Ukrainians and Russians." Memories of this tolerant and cosmopolitan community continue to inform the filmmaker's work, which is marked by a sense of "what could be."

Pintilie became a celebrated theater director in Bucharest before making his debut film, “Sunday at Six”, in 1965. That film so upset Romanian censors that he could not make his second film, Reenactment, until four years later. Although it was initially banned, “Reenactment” had its international premiere at Cannes in 1970, and the filmmaker was lauded in absentia; today it is considered a seminal work of the New Romanian Cinema. Forced into exile, Pintilie had to shoot his third film, “Ward No. 6” (1973), in Yugoslavia. He returned home to make his fourth, “Carnival Scenes” (1979), but when that film was also completely forbidden he left Romania for France.

Pintilie returned to filmmaking after the collapse of Communism and the advent of democracy in Romania, creating a series of no-holds-barred dramas and dark comedies about life and its absurdities, beginning with “The Oak” (1992) and continuing with such acclaimed films as “Afternoon of a Torturer” (2001) and “Niki and Flo” (2003). Virtually unknown in the U.S., this latter film receives a weeklong run as part of this series. The retrospective concludes with the artist’s most recent work, the short film “Tertium non datur” (2005). (Laurence Kardish, MoMA)

Victor Rebengiuc
is a multiple award-winning Romanian film and stage actor. A leading member of the prestigious Bulandra Theatre company since 1957, he won the UNITER award (the Romanian equivalent of the Tony Award) for both Best Actor and Career. After his breakthrough debut performance in Liviu Ciulei's 1965 masterpiece “Forest of the Hanged” (Cannes Director Award winner), Rebengiuc became a major figure in Romanian cinema. He’s a long time collaborator of Lucian Pintilie’s, starring in “Carnival Scenes”, “The Oak”, “Too Late”, “Next Stop Paradise”, “Niki and Flo”, “Tertium non datur”. Victor Rebengiuc also has memorable appearances in films of the Romanian New Wave such as Cristi Puiu's "Cigarettes and Coffee",  Radu Muntean’s “Tuesday, After Christmas” and Călin Peter Netzer’s “Medal of Honor”.

Mariana Mihuţ is one of the best known actresses in Romanian theatre and film, a six time UNITER award winner (the Romanian equivalent of the Tony Award). She has acted in numerous stage, radio, and TV theatre productions and in feature films. Since 1972 she has been a permanent member of the prestigious Bulandra Theatre in Bucharest. Her debut at Bulandra was in Lucian Pintile’s staging of Gogol’s “The Inspector General”. Her big screen debut was in the 1965 Cannes award winner “Forest of the Hanged”, directed by legendary Liviu Ciulei. She also appeared in Lucian Pintilie films such as Carnival Scenes and The Oak.


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