The Treasure

Friday, January 22 | 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 23 | 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 24 | 5:30 p.m.

One night, while reading his six-year-old son the legend of Robin Hood, Costi is visited by a neighbor, Adrian. The latter is in desperate financial straights, so much so that he begs Costi for €800. Though Costi at first declines, he eventually agrees to help, after learning how Adrian plans to spend the money: he intends to rent a metal detector to find a rumored large, buried sum of money in the property of a wealthy ancestor. Under the cover of night, the two drive to the distant village to begin their search. The latest masterwork from one of the finest of Romania’s outstanding current crop of directors, Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective; When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism), the drolly comic The Treasure deftly explores Romania’s communist past and an overly bureaucratized present that doesn’t seem to represent much of an improvement. For The New York Times‘s A.O. Scott, The Treasure is “A barbed allegory of globalization, and a reflection on Romania’s precarious, marginal place in post-Cold War Europe. [It] provides a punch line as thrilling and haunting as anything I’ve seen on screen this year.”

Director Corneliu Porumboiu 2015 Romania/France 89 minutes Unrated DCP

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