My French is a little rusty, but it seems like something is afoot.
The first teaser for The Treasure was released prior to its showing at Cannes and the black comedy seems to live up to its genre. The film is by Corneliu Porumboiu and stars Cuzin Toma.
Porumboiu’s Directors’ Fortnight entry and arthouse hit 12:08 East Of Bucharest won the Camera d’Or for best first film at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006, and the director’s Police, Adjective made it into the Un Certain Regard section in 2009. Since then, he hasn’t been at the festival and has released two, more experimental films, The Second Game and When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism.
The film is set to enter competition at Cannes this year with Porumboiu referring to it as a “tender black comedy.”
Costi (33) leads a peaceful life. At night he likes to read his 6-year-old son stories, to help him sleep. Their favorite is Robin Hood. Costi sees himself as the hero – righter of wrongs and defender of the oppressed. One evening, his neighbor pays him an unexpected visit and shares a secret: there’s treasure buried in his grandparents’ garden, he’s sure of it. If Costi will hire a metal detector to help locate it, he’ll give him half of whatever they get. Skeptical at first, in the end Costi can’t resist. He’s on board. The two accomplices have one weekend to locate the loot. Despite every obstacle in their path, Costi refuses to be discouraged. For his wife and son, he’s a real hero – nothing and no one are going to stop him.