How I Celebrated the End of the World(2006)
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Bucharest 1989 - The last year of Ceausescu's dictatorship. Eva lives with her parents and her 7-year-old brother Lalalilu. She is 17 years old, very attractive and caught up in the turmoil of falling in love for the first time while struggling to come of age. Eva has a secret dream she shares only with her brother : escaping from Romania and travelling the world. Lalalilu is devastated at the idea of losing his sister. With Tarzan and Silvica, his best friends from school, he devises a secret plan to kill the dictator so that Eva can stay and live in a free country.
"How I Celebrated the End of the World," explains Catalin Mitulescu, "reflects this blend of sadness and joy, reality and fantasy which I associate with this period of dictatorship. This film is a tragicomedy with touches the absurd and the sublime. It expresses all the emotion of those bleak days in Romania and gives an idea of what we retain in ourselves, my generation and myself, in this new world which we have entered. The film is also a homage, not only to all those who had the courage to rise up against the dictatorship, but also those who, like our parents, fell silent and endured, out of fear that something might befall their loved ones."