In her review of the Romanian picture 12:08 East of Bucharest, Martha Fischer declared it to be the funniest film she saw at the Toronto festival last year. As Martha wrote, "set in a small town outside of Bucharest on December 22, 2005 ... the movie documents the efforts of Jderescu (Teodor Corban), a textile engineer/TV station owner, to assemble a panel for a live TV show on the revolution, and then to keep that show in order, once it goes on-air." Tartan Films' DVD includes an audio commentary by the director.
Ulrich Thomsen stars as a famous pianist who returns to his native Denmark in Christoffer Boe's drama Allegro. Sean Axmaker at GreenCine Daily wrote: "Boe takes the handheld work and naturalistic performance style in his own direction, weaving it through a romantic fantasy of troubled love that reveals the impossibility of remaining unhurt in our emotional lives." The DVD from Koch Lorber is a bit light, with only a "making of" feature as an extra, but Boe is definitely a director to watch. His first feature, Reconstruction, was very good, and his latest, Offscreen, which I saw at Fantastic Fest, is mesmerizing, so Allegro sounds like it's definitely worth a rental.