Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
A video goes viral. It shows a man and a woman having sex while wearing masks. The woman is, nevertheless, identified. Too bad she is a teacher and supposed to be a role model. And this, moreover, in a (post-socialist but ultimately any) society that is about to get lost in a social network discourse of would-be healing squeaky-clean attitudes, pseudo-political knowing-it-all, sanctimonious chauvinism and grotesque conspiracy theories. Everyone has an opinion. The debate turns into a tribunal – about consensual sex, pornography and more.
Always up for innovative cinematic experiments, Radu Jude has crafted from this constellation an intelligent, satirical triptych: with its nonchalantly precise camerawork and manic humour found in the stress of everyday life on Bucharest’s streets, the first part shows us what contemporary cinema at the documentary-fiction interface can look like. The second part is an offbeat series of laconic, static images intended as an encyclopaedia of the symbols of our time. The film’s grand – albeit open-ended – finale is a discussion held at the school in which judgement is passed on our heroine’s right to exist.
by Radu Jude
with Katia Pascariu, Claudia Ieremia, Olimpia Mălai, Nicodim Ungureanu, Alexandru Potocean, Andi Vasluianu
Romania / Luxembourg / Croatia / Czech Republic 2021 Romanian 106’ Colour

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


  • Katia Pascariu (Emi)
  • Claudia Ieremia (Headmistress)
  • Olimpia Mălai (Mrs. Lucia)
  • Nicodim Ungureanu (Lt. Gheorghescu)
  • Alexandru Potocean (Marius Buzdrugovici)
  • Andi Vasluianu (Mr. Otopeanu)


Written and Directed byRadu Jude
CinematographyMarius Panduru
EditingCătălin Cristuțiu
MusicJura Ferina, Pavao Miholjevi
Sound DesignDana Bunescu
Sound MixingMichel Schillings
SoundHrvoje Radnic
Production DesignCristian Niculescu
CostumesCireșica Cuciuc
Make-UpBianca Boeroiu
CastingViorica Capdefier
Assistant DirectorIsabela von Tent
Production ManagerVlad Gliga
ProducerAda Solomon
Executive ProducerCarla Fotea
Co-ProducersPaul Thiltges, Adrien Chef, Jiří Konečný, Ankica Jurić Tilić
Co-ProductionPaul Thiltges Distributions, Luxemburg
endorfilm, Prag
Kinorama, Zagreb

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Radu Jude

Born in Bucharest, Romania in 1977, he has a degree in film from the city’s Media University. He began his career as an assistant director before making his first short, The Tube with the Hat, in 2006. His feature debut, The Happiest Girl in the World, screened in the 2009 Forum and garnered worldwide attention. He won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2015 Berlinale with Aferim! In 2017, Locarno screened his first documentary, The Dead Nation. His most recent films, Uppercase Print and The Exit of the Trains, both premiered in the 2020 Forum.


2006 Lampa cu caciula (The Tube with a Hat) 2007 In the Morning 2009 Cea mai fericită fată din lume (The Happiest Girl in the World) 2011 Film pentru prieteni (A Film for Friends) 2012 Toată lumea din familia noastra (Everybody in Our Family) 2015 Aferim! 2016 Inimi cicatrizate (Scarred Hearts – Vernarbte Herzen / Scarred Hearts) 2017 Țara moartă (Die tote Nation / The Dead Nation) 2018 Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra ca barbari (Mir ist es egal, wenn wir als Barbaren in die Geschichte eingehen / I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians) 2020 Uppercase Print · Ieşirea trenurilor din gară (The Exit of the Trains) 2021 Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc (Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021