Delia, an unworldly teenager from a small town in rural Romania, strikes it lucky in a competition run by a soft drink company—and wins a car. But when her family bring her to Bucharest to appear in a commercial for the company in question, luck becomes something of a relative term.
With his most recent feature Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn included on many best-of-2021 lists, we’re looking back at Radu Jude’s terrific debut. A key work of the Romanian New Wave, this delightfully prickly satire reflexively explores the burgeoning consumer culture of a post-communist Bucharest.
Buster Keaton,Clyde Bruckman, 1926, United States
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Yeşim Ustaoğlu, 1999, Turkey
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Jean-Pierre Dardenne,Luc Dardenne, 1996, Belgium
Michel Gondry, 2008, United States
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France