Archive of films Arrest / Arest

2019, 126 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2019

August 1983, somewhere in Romania. The bright summer’s day that Dinu is spending with his family on the beach is darkened by the arrival of the police and his unexplained arrest. He finds himself sharing a cell with small-time crook Vali, who soon proves to be quite a sinister fellow inmate. A formally inventive drama about the chilling absurdity of totalitarian regimes.


August 1983, somewhere in Romania. Architect Dinu is spending a perfect summer’s day with his family on the beach, but the idyll is shattered by the arrival of the police. For reasons unknown, Dinu is arrested and immediately hauled off to prison. There he finds himself sharing a cell with Vali, a small-time crook who soon proves much more sinister than would a mere fellow inmate. In this, his second film, talented director Andrei Cohn makes full use of the confined space of a squalid cell: using resourceful compositions, he conjures up a chilling metaphor of the totalitarian regime, whose creative brutality, bordering on absurd farce, goes way beyond the imagination of all those who never experienced it first-hand.

Anna Kořínek

About the director

Andrei Cohn

Andrei Cohn (b. 1972). Filmography: Before and After 22/12/1989 (Înainte și După 22/12/1989, 2009, short), The Mother of God from the Ground Floor (Maica Domnului de la parter, 2010, short), Family Pictures (Fotografii de familie, 2012, short), Back Home (Acasă la tata, 2015), Arrest (Arest, 2019)


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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
Director: Andrei Cohn
Screenplay: Andrei Cohn, Alexandru Negoescu
Dir. of Photography: Andrei Butica
Editor: Andrei Iancu
Art Director: Cristina Barbu
Producer: Anca Puiu
Production: Mandragora
Cast: Alexandru Papadopol, Iulian Postelnicu
Contact: Mandragora


Andrei Cohn

Film Director

Alexandru Papadopol


Iulian Postelnicu


Alexandru Negoescu


Andrei Iancu

Film Editor

Florin Tăbăcaru

Sound Designer


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