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Otto the Barbarian

English title: Otto the Barbarian
Original title: Otto Barbarul
German title: Otto, der Barbar
Romania, 2020

Director: Ghitescu, Ruxandra
Production company: Alien Film
Co-producers: Polar Bear
Age recommendation: 16 years and up
Length: 110 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Otto finds refuge with his girlfriend's mother. Smoking in the kitchen, the two brave the pain together. Only the children's room remains taboo. At home he takes refuge in video footage of old that raises the question of whether Otto might have known about his girlfriend's impending suicide. With surprising tenderness he devotes himself to his demented grandfather Bubu in the narrow prefabricated apartment, which has long been too small for the family. Full of hidden hints behind the mask of the rebel, the leading actor Marc Titieni sensitively paints a picture of a clever, thoughtful boy who is in shock but does not want to admit it. The camera follows him closely but unobtrusively. Employing a great deal of ingenuity director Ruxandra Ghitescu succeeds in breathing new life into a barren concrete world in this film about dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Cottbus IFF 2020

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