The Oak | TIFF

The Oak

Balanţa (Romania, France)

Directed by:
Lucian Pintilie
Maia Morgenstern, Răzvan Vasilescu, Victor Rebengiuc, Dorel Vişan, Mariana Mihuţ, Dan Condurache
TIFF edition:

Bucharest, 1988. Nela, a young schoolteacher, takes care of her father, a former colonel with the "Securitate" - as he dies. His will is that his remains be used by medical science. No one wants his body as the refrigerators at the University aren't working. Nela leaves for a teaching job in a provincial town. There she meets Mitică, a doctor at the local hospital, who, like Nela, won't accept to compromise and is full of dreams and optimism. They disturb everyone by their attitude but they survive the harshness of reality, as if touched by a kind of grace...

Festivals: Cannes 1992 (official selection), Geneva 1992

Awards: Best Actress (Maia Morgenstern) - Geneva 1992