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"Closer to the Moon" - Romania - Movie about the Great Communist Bank Robbery

2015-05-04

Trailer from the movie uploaded on YouTube 8th April 2015. In 1959, in Romania, six former members of the nomenclature and the Romanian secret police robbed the National Bank. After they were arrested, the state forced them to play themselves in a film reconstructing the crime and the investigation. At the end of their trial, filmed live, they were sentenced to death and executed. A month later, the "Reconstruction" was released and became a sensation throughout the county.

"Closer to the Moon” is the most expensive Romanian movie ever made, starring American and English actors like Vera Farmiga (“The Departed”), Mark Strong (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), and Harry Lloyd (“Game of Thrones”).

Also the full movie can be watched on YouTube.

The plot in the movie is: a band of Romanian freedom fighters pull the crime of the century in this gripping heist film based on an incredible true story. Bucharest, 1959: with anti-Semitism on the rise, a group of Jewish WWII resistance members, led by a police inspector (The Imitation Game’s Mark Strong) and an academic (Academy Award-nominee Vera Farmiga), reteam for an audacious act of political agitation. Posing as a movie crew, they hold up the Romanian National Bank by making it look like a film shoot. But what comes next is even more unbelievable when the group is handed down a punishment as outlandish as their crime. Game of Thrones' Harry Lloyd co-stars in this slyly comic satire ripped from the strange-but-true pages of history.

Stein Morten Lund, 5h May 2015

Additional information
Read the article "Bucharest, Romania - The Mystery behind the Great Communist Bank Robbery" on our global travel guide Travel Explorations.

 


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