Tavi Ionescu (?erban Pavlu), the protagonist of Roxanne, discovers during a meeting with a member of the Romanian secret police that he might be the father of the son of his ex-girlfriend. Tavi’s discovery leads him on a self-defeating investigation that echoes the very issues Romania had to deal with under the dictatorship of Ceausescu. Tavi should know better, but for some reason he can’t help himself, and this says something poignant about the situations that Romanians of a certain generation find themselves in.

A story of friendship, betrayal and courage, Roxanne is filmed by Hotea in a matter-of-fact, almost invisible style. It’s set in a present which has not yet escaped its past, a past whose traces might be under the surface, but threaten to bubble to the surface at any point.

Mark Peranson
Locarno International Film Festival