Golden Lynx — Fiction
82' // 09 Oct // 18h30
Poppy Field follows the struggle of a young Romanian policeman, Cristi, who tries to find the balance between two apparently opposing parts of his identity: that of a man working in a macho hierarchical environment and that of a closeted gay person who tries to keep his personal life a secret. While his long-distance French boyfriend, Hadi, is visiting him, Cristi is called in for an intervention at a movie theatre, where an ultra-nationalist, homophobic group has interrupted the screening of a queer film. After one of the protesters threatens to out him, Cristi spirals out of control.
Winner of Best Actors Awards in Torino and Gijon, and Best Film Awards in DA Barcelona and Belgrade Film Festival, Poppy Field is yet another sign that the Romanian film scene has managed to do the impossible, and continue in its path of immense vitality and reinvention, with as its latest Eugen Jebeleanu star to continue the region’s cinematic reign.