Dana returns to Bucharest but decides not to go home. She pays the taxi driver for the whole night. At the same time, Andrei goes to the gym and afterwards has sex with a man. The next morning, Dana and Andrei meet in their marital bed and spend the day together. Perhaps for the last time.
A relationship drama in three chapters that describes the current state of a couple over 24 hours. It is not about psychology but rather capturing moods and atmosphere. Even if the conversation between Dana and the taxi driver is hardly in-depth, everything is said. Dana’s loneliness is palpable when she turns off her phone after talking to Andrei, who for his part seems strangely lost in the apartment of the man he meets for sex. The nocturnal chapters are shot in the 1:1 format and focus on a man and a woman lost in introspection. In the morning, the frame opens out and the two must ask themselves whether there is still room for feelings. What happened? Why can they no longer give each other support despite their shared intimacy and affection?
by Marius Olteanu
with Judith State, Cristian Popa, Alexandru Potocean, Șerban Pavlu, Dorina Lazăr, Gabriel Răuță, Alina Berzunțeanu, Alina Tarbă, Rolando Matsangos, Rodica Lazăr
Romania 2019 Romanian 116’ Colour


  • Judith State (Dana)
  • Cristian Popa (Arthur)
  • Alexandru Potocean (Taxi driver)
  • Șerban Pavlu (Alex)
  • Dorina Lazăr (Mamaie)
  • Gabriel Răuță (Popescu)
  • Alina Berzunțeanu (Anca Popescu)
  • Alina Tarbă (Alina)
  • Rolando Matsangos (Alina's husband)
  • Rodica Lazăr (Drunk woman)


Written and Directed by Marius Olteanu
Cinematography Luchian Ciobanu
Editing Ioachim Stroe
Sound Design Ioan Filip, Dan Ștefan Rucăreanu
Sound Mihnea Bogos
Production Design Alexandra Alma Ungureanu Stroe
Costumes Alexandra Alma Ungureanu Stroe
Make-Up Elena Tudor
Producers Claudiu Mitcu Parada Film, Robert Fița Wearebasca, Ioachim Stroe Wearebasca, Marius Olteanu

Produced by

Parada Film

Marius Olteanu

Marius Olteanu

Born in Bucharest, Romania in 1979. He studied Film Directing. Beside his work as a writer and director, he is also a photographer. Following four short films, Monștri. is Olteanu’s first feature-length film.


2007 Sunday Afternoon; 30 min. 2008 Why Don’t You Dance?; 30 min. 2015 Tie; 29 min. 2017 No Man’s Land; 20 min. 2019 Monștri. (Monsters.)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019