in memoriam lucian pintilie:

An unforgettable summer


4 dec 20:15

Lucian Pintilie (1933 - 2018) was a Romanian-born director with a career spanning theatre, opera, film and television. His influence caused him to be credited as the “godfather” of Romanian New Wave cinema and a maverick in his own right. The openly dissident art he created under the Communist regime meant that he was forced to go live in exile in France. However, he returned to Bucharest after 1989 and continued to make movies critical of social issues. In 2012, the prestigious MOMA New York presented a retrospective of Pintilie’s work with the following introduction:

“One of Europe's finest filmmakers, Lucian Pintilie creates corrosive cinema that is at once original, ferocious, and hopeful.”

An Unforgettable Summer

Romania in 1925.  Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas plays aristocrat Marie-Thérèse Von Debretsy who refuses the advances of her husband's commanding officer (Marcel Iureș). As a result, the cosmopolitan family is reassigned to a dark and dangerous outpost on the frontier between Bulgaria and Romania where their relationship and humanity are severely tested. More than a story of romance, An Unforgettable Summer  is an allegory of Romanian history, multiculturalism and war.

Based on the best-selling novel by Petru Dumitriu.


Title: An Unforgettable Summer / O vara de neuitat

Directed by: Lucian Pintilie

Produced by: Lucian Pintilie

With: Kristin Scott Thomas, Claudiu Bleonţ, Marcel Iureş, Olga Tudorache, George Constantin

1994 / 81’ / Spoken RO, EN, FR / Subtitles EN