The Treasure
Corneliu Porumboiu
RO, FRA 2015
89 min

Costi leads a peaceful life. At night he likes to read his 6-year-old son stories, to help him sleep. Their favorite is “Robin Hood”. Costi sees himself as the hero – righter of wrongs and defender of the oppressed. One evening, his neighbor shares a secret: there’s a treasure buried in his grandparents’ garden. If Costi will hire a metal detector to help locate it, he’ll give him half of whatever they get. Sceptical at first, in the end Costi can’t resist. The two accomplices have one weekend to locate the loot. Despite every obstacle in their path, Costi refuses to be discouraged. For his wife and son, he’s a real hero – nothing and no one are going to stop him.
“I often try to develop my stories based on real events, for instance in this film the vicissitudes of Adrian’s family and Costi’s relationship with his son. I like to layer these little stories, which in the end reflect aspects of our society. To a certain extent, we are all ‘products’ of history. We shot the treasure hunt in Islaz, the village where the Revolution of 1848 was declared. It’s symbolic, because Romanian history has known so many changes! What would Adrian’s life have been like if there had been no Communism? If, at the end of the film, they find his grandparents’ treasure, will history make sense?” (Corneliu Porumboiu)

In the presence of Corneliu Porumboiu.

  • Cuzin Toma - Costi
  • Adrian Purcarescu - Adrian
  • Corneliu Cozmei - Cornel
  • Cristina Toma - Raluca
  • Corneliu Porumboiu
  • Tudor Mircea
  • Sebastian Zsemlye
  • Alexandru Dragomir
  • Thierry Delor
  • Mirel Cristea
  • Roxana Szel
  • Mihaela Poenaru
  • Monica Florescu
42km Film, Les Films du Worso, Rouge International, Arte France Cinéma

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