Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

One Floor Below
(Un Etaj Mal Jos)

Year: 2015
Run Time: 93 minutes

One Floor Below
One Floor Below
One Floor Below

Sandu Patrascu is an ordinary middle-aged man. A father to son, Matei, and a dog lover, he runs a car registration business with his wife, Olga. But Patrascu is in an unusual predicament. While returning from a walk with his dog, he overhears his downstairs neighbor, Laura, in a heated argument with Vali, another man in the building. Patrascu pauses at the door—perhaps to see if he should intercede—but Vali storms out of the apartment and threateningly stares at his eavesdropping neighbor. Still a little uneasy, Patrascu goes about his day, only to discover Laura had been murdered while he was at work. When the police question him, Patrascu inexplicably lies, claiming he has no knowledge of who might want to hurt Laura. Now Vali is showing up at Patrascu’s workplace and even in his home. Patrascu is clearly in over his head, increasingly consumed by the events that happened ONE FLOOR BELOW. (In Romanian with subtitles) –E.B.

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George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition

Radu Muntean

Born in Bucharest, Romania in 1971, writer-director Radu Muntean graduated from the Theater and Film Academy in Bucharest in 1994. In addition to garnering acclaim at festivals around the world, Muntean won a Gopo Award (the national Romanian film award) for Best Directing for the 2008 film "Boogie."

"The Rage" (2002), "The Paper Will Be Blue" (2006), "Boogie" (2008)—33rd CIFF, "Tuesday, After Christmas" (2010), "Vorbitor" (2011), ONE FLOOR BELOW (2015)

Dragos Vilcu

Alexandru Baciu, Radu Muntean, Razvan Radulescu

Tudor Lucaciu

Alexandru Radu

Principal Cast
Teodor Corban, Iulian Postelnicu, Oxana Moravec

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