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Child’s Pose

Călin Peter Netzer
Poziţia copilului
Romania 2013 / 112’

Cornelia is well off, a woman whose life always works according to plan – always, that is, with the exception of her relationship with her only son, Barbu. When he causes a tragic accident on a highway one evening, she rushes to his aid, using her personal contacts and the skills she learned during the Ceaușescu era about how to "cope" during a crisis. Nothing – bribes, lies, threats – can prevent her from saving her son from prison. Cornelia is motivated not only by maternal altruism but also by a desire to gain control over Barbu’s life, something she lost a long time ago. This moving and uncomfortably perceptive film by Calin Peter Netzer is a masterful lesson in simple, albeit original, drama. Bereft of any technical or stylistic complications, Child’s Pose is both a universal story about family and a depiction of contemporary Romania, torn between a painful past and an unsure future.

Anna Tatarska


Berlin IFF 2013 - Golden Bear, FIPRESCI Prize; Stockholm FF 2013 - Tella Film Award; Gopos Awards Romania 2014 - Best Feature Film, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Directing, Best Editing, Best Screenplay

Călin Peter Netzer

Born in 1975 in Petrosani, Calin Peter Netzer is a well-known Romanian director associated with the Romanian New Wave. He spent much of his life in Germany. He studied film direction at the Bucharest Theater and Film Institute. His feature-film debut, Maria, won the Special Jury Prize at the festival in Locarno, and was also Romania’s entry to the Academy Awards.


1998 Zapada mieilor (short)

2003 Maria

2009 Medal honorowy / Medalia de onoare / Medal of Honor

2013 Pozycja dziecka / Poziţia copilului / Child's Pose

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Cast & Crew

director Călin Peter Netzer
screenplay Răzvan Rădulescu, Călin Peter Netzer
cinematography Andrei Butica
editing Dana Bunescu
cast Luminiţa Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Natasa Raab, Ilinca Goia
producer Ada Solomon, Călin Peter Netzer
production Parada Film, Hai Hui Entertainement (co-production), HBO Romania (in association with)
Polish distributor Aurora Films
language Romanian
colouration colour