Romania / 1972 / 148’ / color / Drama / AG / Digitalized version by The National Film Archive
Directed by: Iulian Mihu
Screenplay: Ioan Grigorescu, based on the novel ”Otiliațs Mystery” by George Călinescu
With: Radu Boruzescu, Julietta Szönyi, Sergiu Nicolaescu, Gheorghe Dinică, Gina Patrichi, Elena Dacian, Clody Berthola, Violeta Andrei, Ovidiu Schumacher, Eliza Petrăchescu, Şerban Sturza, Herman Chrodower, Arpad Kemeny
Produced by: Film House 1
Come to Bucharest to study medicine, young Felix finds accommodation at his uncle's, Costache, a rich but avaricious old man. He falls in love with Otilia, the old man's orphan niece, who is also courted by Pascalopol the landlord - a mature and sensible man. Focused on their idyll, Felix and Otilia helplessly witness Costache's relatives fight over his fortune. In the end the old man dies after Stănică, the husband of Olimpia, his eldest daughter, robs him. Although Felix asks her to marry him, penniless Otilia joins Pascalopol, choosing welfare over true love.
The film premiered in Romania March 20th, 1972. It received Best Director, Best Script, Best Cinematography (Alexandru Întorsureanu and Gheorghe Fischer), Best Actor (Gheorghe Dinică), Best Production Design (Radu Boruzescu and Liviu Popa), Best Editing (Lucia Anton) prizes in the 1972 edition of the ACIN Awards. Also, it received ”Premio de selezione” at Venice Film Festival in 1972 and Excellency Award for the ”Graphys color” system created by the cinematographers Alexandru Întorsureanu and Gheorghe Fischer at Salerno UNIATEC contest in 1974.
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