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Matthew Mark Luke John with Short Film: Norteños. + Q&A

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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Fifteen-year-old Rebeca lives in a Romani Baptist village and dreams of going to high school.

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Directed by Tom Wilson

Narrative Feature / Romania / 70 min

Strand: Viva Voce: Stories of Women / In Competition

World Premiere

Screening: Fri, 27 Sep 2019 18:30 | Sat, 28 Sep 15:45

Review:

Though MATTHEW MARK LUKE JOHN opens with a scene that might be conventional in a coming of age story, the drama quickly comes to undermine these initial expectations, as the film’s lead, fifteen-year-old Rebeka, asks whether she can go to high school. While her middle-class, Romanian-speaking teacher is initially supportive, the denizens of her Roma village are far less so. As Rebeka attempts to convince them she is a good candidate for high school - attending church, researching for school projects - she unearths both historical and contemporary restrictions structured to keep her people and her gender impoverished and disempowered. In her efforts to reveal and undo these cinctures, however, she finds herself persona non grata - a rebel with a cause.

Tom Wilson’s film constructs both a personal and a national narrative. He does not lose his central character in analogical grandstanding, yet still presents cutting commentary on modern Romania. The film interweaves and intermingles various themes and ideas - the church and its incompetent pastor are held as directly responsible for many social woes, but just as much, Rebeka’s supposedly supportive teacher is considered accountable by her continued inaction. A striking film; one that both enrages and emboldens. / Review by Milo Garner

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Credits:

Director: Tom Wilson

Writer: Tom Wilson

Producer: Tom Wilson

Executive Producer: Tom Wilson

Cast: Rebeca-Nicoleta Cobzaru, Marta-Estera Cobzaru, Camelia Pintilie, Andrea Irimea, Polius Iosif Botea

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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