Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Babardeala cu bucluc sau porno balamuc) 106 mins

  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Starts Thu 25 Nov at:
Luna Leederville

Sex is fodder for black comedy in this scathing portrayal of life in the age of COVID-19, Golden Bear winner Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn by Radu Jude, starring Katia Pascariu, Claudia Ieremia, Olimpia Mălai, Nicodim Ungureanu, Alexandru Potocean and Andi Vasluianu.   

 A video goes viral. It shows a man and a woman having sex while wearing masks. The woman is, nevertheless, identified. Too bad she is a teacher and supposed to be a role model. And this, moreover, in a (post-socialist but ultimately any) society that is about to get lost in a social network discourse of would-be healing squeaky-clean attitudes, pseudo-political knowing-it-all, sanctimonious chauvinism and grotesque conspiracy theories. Everyone has an opinion. The debate turns into a tribunal – about consensual sex, pornography and more.

Always up for innovative cinematic experiments, Radu Jude has crafted from this constellation an intelligent, satirical triptych: with its nonchalantly precise camerawork and manic humour found in the stress of everyday life on Bucharest’s streets, the first part shows us what contemporary cinema at the documentary-fiction interface can look like. The second part is an offbeat series of laconic, static images intended as an encyclopaedia of the symbols of our time. The film’s grand – albeit open-ended – finale is a discussion held at the school in which judgement is passed on our heroine’s right to exist.

Viewer advice: contains explicit sex scenes

“A […] provocative pandemic polemic […] Jude remains a boldly original voice in modern European cinema, with serious things to say and increasingly adventurous ways of saying them.” - The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s a daring and hilarious cinematic gamble that gives a justifiable middle finger to the sheer inanity of the Western world.” - Indiewire

“This provocative and unapologetically profane Buñuelian prank [is] one of the first examples of a genuine auteur work to emerge in a world upended by COVID-19.”
- Variety

“Jude is a filmmaker deeply engaged with the history of his homeland, its very essence, and his exasperation at Romania’s self-serving nationalistic myths practically radiates off the screen.” - Slant

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