Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

The Happiest Girl in the World
(Cea Mai Fericita Fata Din Lume)

 

Year: 2009
Country: ROMANIA, NETHERLANDS
Run Time: 99 minutes

The Happiest Girl in the World
The Happiest Girl in the World
The Happiest Girl in the World

If you were 17 and won a dream car and got to appear in a TV commercial, wouldn't you be the HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD? Delia, a simple girl from the countryside, is the grand prizewinner of a contest set up by a juice company. As she and her parents make their way to the big city of Bucharest to claim her prize, she stares out the car window, harboring a schoolgirl's dreams of a more cosmopolitan existence. All dressed up for the city, her family navigates through heavy traffic to the film crew's location – and then reality starts setting in. The summer day is sweltering, the crew are crass and complicated urbanites, the sponsor's rep is unhappy with Delia's inability to swig the product fast enough, and there are endless takes of the same scene. Then it turns out her parents are scheming behind her back to sell off the car for cash before she can even drive it. This happy girl is part of a tragicomic tale from the new Romania, where old-school values of hard work and family ties bump up against the superficialities of modern Capitalism. (In Romanian with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF34 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Screenplay
Radu Jude, Augustina Stanciu

Director
Radu Jude

Radu Jude was born in Bucharest. He directed short films before winning the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award in 2008.

Filmography
THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD (2009)

Producer
Ada Solomon

Cinematography
Marius Panduru

Editing
Catalin Cristutiu

Principal Cast
Andrea Bosneeag, Vasile Muraru, Violeta Haret

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