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OFFSET (photo © Noirfilm)

Bucharest may still be the Paris of the East, but it is now a sepia-toned metropolis, aching with nostalgia for its grand boulevards and proud architecture, for its cosmopolitan graces and humanity - all violated by a long reign of fear and repression. It is here that the story of Stefan, Brindusa and Nicu unfolds. Nicu Iorga, the middle-aged entrepreneur and uncontested lord of his fiefdom, a large printer's shop... Stefan, a young German engineer who has come to install a new offset machine in Nicu's shop... Brindusa, Nicu's translator, secretary and former mistress, who falls in love with Stefan... The young German wants to marry Brindusa and take her back to Germany with him. It could be so simple if it weren't for Nicu, who simmers with an explosive mixture of rage and envy towards his country, the West, and, above all, Stefan...

A tale of misunderstandings - linguistic, cultural, emotional - that reflect the fears and prejudices of individuals from different nations as they tentatively come together.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Didi Danquart
Screenplay Cristi Puiu, Razvan Radulescu
Cinematography Johann Feindt
Nico Hain
Klaus Buhlert
Urs Beuter
Cast Valentin Platareanu, Anna Stieblich, Bruno Cathomas, Manfred Zapatka, Katharina Thalbach, Razvan Vasilescu, Felix Klare, Alexandra Maria Lara
Producer Boris Michalski
Production Company Noirfilm/Karlsruhe, in co-production with Integral Film/Berg, Unlimited/Strasbourg, C Films/Zurich
Runtime 108 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Rome 2006 (Out of Competition), Ludwigshafen 2006, Berlin 2007 (German Cinema), Istanbul 2007, Seattle 2007, Plus Cameraimage 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, MFG Baden-Württemberg, BKM, CNC, Region Alsace, Bundesamt fuer Kultur, MEDIA i2i Audiovisuell, ARTE, ZDF, SWR, SF DRS
German Distributor 3L Filmverleih/Dortmund

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