16 years after the Revolution and just days before Christmas, a local television station in Bucharest has invited several guests to share their moments of glory, as they allegedly stormed city hall, chanting “down with Ceasescu!” before Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu and his wife fled the presidential palace by helicopter so many years ago. An alcoholic history teacher and a lonely retiree, who moonlights as Santa, are forced to answer questions from dubious viewers who aren’t overly convinced that the Revolution ever took place in their city.
Corneliu Porumboiu (born September 14, 1975) is a Romanian film director and screenwriter. His 2006 feature 12:08 East of Bucharest won him the Camera d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival. He is the son of well-known football referee Adrian Porumboiu. —Wikipedia
It gets off to a slow start, at first I was worried the humor might be too subtle and culturally-specific for my tastes (especially since Porumboiu's next film 'Police, Adjective' bored me to tears); but it eventually won me over in a big way, thanks in large part to the fine comic nuances of stars Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban, and Ion Sapdaru. A charmingly offbeat, intimately funny little film.