Licu, a Romanian Story

  • Director and Writer – Ana Dumitrescu
  • Production – Jonathan Boissay, Ana Dumitrescu
  • Cinematographer – Ana Dumitrescu
  • Sound – Jonathan Boissay
  • Original Idea – Ana Dumitrescu
  • Editor – Ana Dumitrescu
  • Duration – 86 minutes
  • Year –  2017
  • Country – Romania


Licu, a Romanian Story is about the life of a man lost in history. A 92-year-old man having outlived major historical events such as war, peace, communism, the revolution and post-revolution. He has suffered, loved, laughed and cried for over 92 years.

Licu is a feature documentary, but above all it is a movie about the passing of time and old age. A reflection on our own condition and ephemerality. Licu’s story, like most stories, is subjective. It is not a movie about History but a tale whose Hero is named Licu.

Each of us, at one moment or another, will identify with the events in the film. Licu’s life-story could be anyone’s story. It radiates universality. Licu’s story is filmed behind closed-doors. At his age, he has remained alone with his memories. However, the film is filled with characters and life. Loulou, his wife and the love of his life, is a lively presence. So is Viorel, his beloved brother, who passed away at the age of 37… In the house, the surrounding objects are a constant presence and seem to become alive assuming the role of real characters. Each object is a character in itself: the house defying time, the pendulum that imitates the heartbeat, the television set that fills the silence... Each sequence in the film is conceived like a photograph in an album. Today will become tomorrow. The present has already become the past. Licu is an invitation to opening the book of time.

Screening on: 4 May / 18:00 / Amirani 3 | 8 May / 18:00 / Amirani 3

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