·  Drama

·  Germany, France, Switzerland, Romania


Aurora is the story of the fall of an ordinary man – an imperfect fall without glory. The film follows Viorel for two days as he wanders Bucharest. A recently divorced father of two young daughters, Viorel, 42, is a metallurgical engineer. At work, he has an altercation with one of his co-workers who owes him money and drops in on another employee who hands over two hand-made firing pins, prepared in secret, for a hunting rifle. Viorel wanders around Bucharest. Whether he is in his car, alone in his empty apartment, amidst his co-workers, with his neighbours whom he sees to discuss a leak in his bathroom, with his ex-wife or his current companion, or picking up his daughter at school, he feels the same strange nervousness, the same muffled anxiety and the same urge to end the instability that rules his life. Viorel buys a rifle and ammunition, then goes back home to test his weapon. He has dinner, watches television, puts the rifle in a bag and gets back into his car. He pulls up near the Intercontinental Hotel. He goes to the empty parking lot, carrying the bag containing the rifle. Viorel hides in a corner and watches the cars coming in. It seems to him that the time has come to settle scores with others and with himself.

Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard 2010