See Filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu’s Gone With the Wine


Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu’s latest feature, the oddball detective story Police, Adjective, opened at the IFC Center this week, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to present his 2002 short, Gone With the Wine, which displays the same dry wit that has made the director’s features such hits on the art-house and festival circuits. Porumboiu’s films often take the form of a cosmic joke — for example, a very by-the-book cop finds himself literally confronted with the book at the end of Police, Adjective — and Wine is no different. A young man, intent on immigrating to England to get away from his constantly drunk family, takes off from his dirt-poor village one day, relieved at long last to flee the shackles of home. Needless to say, things don’t turn out as planned.