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NHNew Horizons / Afaq Jadida Competition

Best Intentions

Best Intentions

Original Title: Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intentii
Director: Adrian Sitaru
Romania, Hungary, France | Romanian
2011 | 104min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: DCP
15+
When his mother suffers a stroke, Alex, a man in his mid-thirties, plunges into a phase of anxiety that no one is able to cure. Though his mother’s situation quickly improves, Alex’s exhausting apprehension blinds him to reality. Refusing to listen to anyone who tries to help or reassure him, he is constantly on edge and throws tantrums at the hospital. As his paranoia intensifies, it becomes clear that Alex’s own sanity is a greater concern than his mother’s health.

With Best Intentions, award-winning director Adrian Sitaru (Hooked) shows once again why contemporary Romanian cinema –which has yielded other notable directors like Cristi Puiu, Cristian Mungiu and Corneliu Porumboiu –has achieved worldwide acclaim in the last decade. Sitaru’s insightful portrayal of an ordinary Romanian family transcends geographical boundaries and unearths universal behavior patterns in some of our most intimate relationships. Whatever Alex does, he does with the best of intentions –as we all do for our loved ones. Yet behind his angst lies a son’s acquiescence to the incontestable power of the mother figure, a dynamic that unwittingly sets the rules for his other relationships. Love, fear, security and attachment come into play in a rich script that blends realism with absurdity in just the right doses, while maintaining a sense of psychological suspense throughout.

–Özge Calafato

Director,  Adrian Sitaru

Director,  Adrian Sitaru

Adrian Sitaru earned a degree in film and television directing from the National University of Theater and Cinema “I.L. Caragiale' in Bucharest. In 2001 he was Costa-Gavras’s assistant director for Amen. He has directed several short films, including Waves (2007), which screened at 150 international festivals and events and won 27 international awards, and The Cage (2010), also a multiple award winner. His debut feature Hooked (2007) won eight international awards and was shown at the Venice, Toronto, Pusan and London film festivals.

Cast and Crew

Director
Adrian Sitaru
Co-Production Company
Hifilm Productions
Cast
Bogdan Dumitrache, Alina Grigore, Natasha Raab, Marian Râlea
Production Company
HI Film
Producer
Ada Solomon
Screenwriter
Adrian Sitaru
Editor
Andrei Gorgan
Cinematographer
Adrian Silisteanu
Sound
Tamás Zányi
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