THE CONJUGAL BED
Direction/Screenplay Mircea Daneliuc
103 MIN. COLOR 1993 35mm/Video Romanian w/English subtitles
CAST: Georghe Dinica, Coca Bloos, Valentin Teodosiu, Lia Bugnar

THE CONJUGAL BED is examplary of the new cinematic wave emerging from Eastern Europe after the fall of communism. Mixing political satire, black comedy and absurdist humor, THE CONJUGAL BED depicts the new social order which has risen on the ruins of communism. A movie theatre owner struggles to keep his cinema in business, his pregnant wife wants an aborton and his mistress tries prostitution to increase her weekly earnings.

OFFICIAL OSCAR ENTRY 1993 , BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM BEST FILMS 1994 LIST

"A product of post-Ceausescu Romania, this purposely cruel sitcom traffics in all manner of previously taboo matters of sex, splatter, and social disgust, but his brand of absurdist humor offers a model for a new East European cinema"
J. HOBERMAN, VILLAGE VOICE

"If you have a shockproof interest in brutal satire ‘Conjugal Bed’ is bracingly effective."
-DESSON HOWE, WASHINGTON POST

"A hellzapoppin barrage of comic nightmares…it’s deeply disturbing and precisely achieved."
LA WEEKLY

"Outstanding,quirky, and politically critical."
-KEVIN THOMAS, LOS ANGELES TIMES