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12:08 East of Bucharest Details


Gil-Scott Heron once wrote "the revolution will not be televised," but one Romanian newsman attempts to put his nation's revolution on the air after the fact in this satiric comedy from writer and director Corneliu Porumboiu. It's the sixteenth anniversary of the revolt that removed Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu from power in Romania, and Jderescu (Ion Sapdaru) is the host of a televised public affairs show who wants to do a special program on the revolution. Jderescu's idea is to bring on a handful of ordinary citizens to discuss their role in Ceausescu's overthrow and how their lives have changed since Communist rule was swept from Romania. However, Jderescu can only round up two guests for his broadcast -- elderly Piscoci (Mircea Andreescu), who's more interested in playing Santa Claus for the neighborhood kids than talking politics, and Manescu (Teo Corban), a schoolteacher nursing a brutal hangover. As Jderescu tries to lead a serious discussion of how Romania has changed since Ceausescu was driven from power, the conversation wanders off on a tangent about where the revolution actually took place, and the waters become even more muddied when Jderescu opens up the phone lines for questions from viewers, most of whom have their own distinct (and strongly conflicting) memories of the Revolution . . . and one of which has a bone to pick with Manescu over some drunken insults he hurled the night before. A Fost Sau n-a Fost? (aka 12:08 East of Bucharest) received its North American premier at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 6, 2007


Mircea Andreescu
as Emanoil Piscoci
Teo Corban
as Virgil Jderescu
Ion Sapdaru
as Tiberiu Manescu
Mirela Cioaba
as Mrs Manescu
Luminita Gheorghiu
as Mrs Jderescu
Cristina Ciofu
as Vali
Annemarie Chertic
as Vera
Petrica Sapdaru
as Petric
Catalin Paraschiv
as Barman
Constantin Dita
as Tibi
Daniel Badale
as Professor
Marius Rogojinschi
as Neighbour
Aurelia Tocu
as Voice of Vasile Rebegea
Ion Ciolacu
as Voice of Ion Castachescu
Lucian Pinzaru
as Voice of Costica Bejan
Corneliu Negrea
as Voice of Gelu Isarescu
Coca Bloos
as Voice of Tina
Tudor Danaila
as Member of Grupul Rotaria
Andrei Danaila
as Member of Grupul Rotaria
Sergiu Leonte
as Member of Grupul Rotaria
Daniel Popa
as Member of Grupul Rotaria
Remus Vatamanu
as Member of Grupul Rotaria
Romeo Talmaciu
as Member of Grupul Rotaria
Mihai Basescu
as Member of Grupul Rotaria


Corneliu Porumboiu
Corneliu Porumboiu
Corneliu Porumboiu
Marius Panduru
Composer (Music Score)
Roxana Szel
Daniel Raduta
Production Designer
Daniel Raduta
Art Director
Daniel Burlac
Executive Producer
Monica Raduta
Costume Designer
Sebastian Zsemlye
Sound/Sound Designer
Florin Stoian
Special Effects
Mihai Reti
Special Effects
Mihai Sofronea
First Assistant Director
George Dascalescu
Camera Operator
Cezar Helmis
Post Production Coordinator
Marcela Ursu
Location Manager
Alexandru Vitzentzatos
Assistant Director
Constantin Dinu
Oltei Rodica
Production Accountant
Ion Nica