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In Miracle, Unidentified director Bogdan George Apetri returns to the same area in northern Romania where he grew up, prior to becoming a criminal defence attorney – and now, a filmmaker. This time he tells the story of a novice nun, Cristina (Ioana Bugarin). In the film’s first half, she slips out of the convent to journey to the nearest city – for reasons which only gradually become clear. In the film’s second half, her steps are retraced by a police inspector (Emanuel Pârvu) who believes he knows the true story, but lacks evidence to prove it… Artfully constructed, and culminating in a staggering 16-minute shot of piercing spiritual transcendence, Miracle confirms Apetri as a major filmmaker working well beyond the scope of the crime genre.

“A journey of discovery rooted in questions about faith, fate, and mortality, Miracle offers up revelations like slow drips from a faucet, building to a staggering conclusion that synthesizes all of the film’s narrative ingredients… [It’s] a riveting and nuanced exploration of not just two individuals, but of man, God, and the human condition itself… Simple in scope, yet complex and precise in its execution, the result is a marvel befitting its title. [A]” Warren Cantrell, The Playlist

Miracle lives up to its name, seamlessly blending narrative, style and technique with devastating results. Simple in scope, yet complex and precise in its execution, the result is a marvel befitting its title.

The Playlist

A crime drama that could rekindle Romanian cinema. Bogdan George Apetri holds the audience and then, in the last scene, melts it with a single audacious teardrop.

Variety

Director

Bogdan George Apetri

Cast

Ioana Bugarin, Emanuel Pârvu, Cezar Antal, Ovidiu Crişan, Valeriu Andriuţă

Credits
Countries of Origin

Romania/Czech Republic/Latvia

Year

2021

Language

In Romanian with English subtitles

Awards

Grand Prix, Warsaw 2021

19+
118 min

Book Tickets

Tuesday June 28

4:00 pm
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VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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8:40 pm
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Saturday July 02

4:30 pm
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Sunday July 03

4:30 pm
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Credits

Executive Producer

Minodora Şerban

Producer

Bogdan George Apetri, Oana Iancu

Screenwriter

Bogdan George Apetri

Cinematography

Oleg Mutu

Editor

Bogdan George Apetri