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Romania film maker Pintilie tells of links to Securitate, praises new trends of national film industry

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Luni, 16 iulie 2007, 0:00

Lucian Pintilie (middle) with students

Lucian Pintilie, one of Romania's best known film producers, talked about his views on the new trends in the industry and confessed his relations with the Secret Police in his youth at the Academia Civica summer school taking place at the Sighet anti-communist memorial, northern Romania on Saturday.

One of the prominent guests of the Academia Civica summer school taking place at Memorialul Sighet was Lucian Pintilie. He talked, on Saturday about the new trends in the Romanian film industry and about his youth and his relationship with the Secret Police at the time.

Rarely on screens anymore, Pintilie proclaimed the death of politically influenced movies and applauded the new Romanian film directors as Cristi Puiu, Cristian Mungiu, Cristian Porumboiu.

Their movies, such as “Moartea Domnului Lazarescu” or “A fost sau n-a fost” were recognized by European critics and awarded accordingly at Cannes and other major festivals over the past several years.

He also used the occasion to admit that the Securitate, the communist-era political police, tried to get him under its wing when he was as young as 17, but he refused. Ahd he said did not have to suffer the consequences of his refusal, as such consequences were a myth spread by the Securitate itself.
























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