“Aferim!” comes from Ada Solomon, the producer of 2013 Golden Bear winner “Child’s Pose.” It is a Western set in the Wild East of 19th-century Romania, directed by Radu Jude (“Everybody in our Family”).
In search of a fugitive gypsy slave, policeman Costandin, a “charismatic mixture of a funny Stalin and a somewhat more pragmatic Don Quixote,” and his introverted son ride through the countryside meeting hundreds of characters.
Produced by HiFilm’s Solomon, Klas, Endorfilm and Mulberry Development, the film stars Teodor Corban (“Child’s Pose,” “Beyond the Hills”), Mihai Comanoiu and Cuzin Toma.
Dutch filmmaker Sacha Polak, who received the international film critics’ Fipresci award at the 2012 Berlinale for “Hemel,” delivers her second feature film, “Zurich,” a road movie starring singer and performance artist Wende Snijders.
The film revolves around Nina, who is wandering Europe’s highways in a desperate attempt to leave the past behind. Slowly it becomes clear that Nina’s drive to hang around the truckers is a result of the pain caused by the ultimate betrayal. Polak developed a script by Helena van der Meulen during last year’s Berlinale Residency program.
Beta’s market premieres are led by Sundance audience award-winner “Umrika.” Prashant Nair’s Indian drama stars up-and-coming young actors Suraj Sharma (“Life of Pi”) and Tony Revolori (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”).
“Umrika,” which is Hindi for America, is about a village in India that is invigorated when one of their own travels to America, sharing his adventures and inspiring hope through letters home. But when the letters mysteriously stop coming, his brother sets out on a journey to find him.