Appearances can deceive, and Romanian director Alexandru Belc’s excellent first film is a fine example of the bait-and-switch. It starts out with Ana, a somewhat self-absorbed 1970s Bucharest schoolgirl, going through very relatable pangs of teenage romantic disappointment when her boyfriend announces he and his family are soon to leave the country. But quickly, and as relentlessly as the timekeeping device of the title, METRONOM matures into a much broader commentary on the rise of authoritarianism. In elegant, rich, warm-toned cinematography, the movie looks with new eyes on the clever cruelty of a totalitarian regime as it invades the private sphere, and turns a younger generation naturally inclined to rebellion toward tacit complicity. (Belfast Film Festival)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Metronom (2022) - Cinema, mon amour (Cinema, My Love, 2015, doc) - 8 martie (8th of March, 2012, doc)
YAAAS! Competition 2023
Alexandru Belc
Romania / France 2022
102 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Alexandru Belc
Cinematography Tudor Vladimir Panduru
Editing Patricia Chelaru
Sound/Sounddesign Razvan Ionescu, Julien Blasco
With Mara Bugarin, Șerban Lazaraovici, Vlad Ivanov, Mihai Călin, Andreea Bibiri, Alina Brezunţeanu, Mara Vicol
Producer(s) Cătălin Mitulescu, Ruxandra Slotea, Viorel Chesaruâ, Martine Vidalenc, Emmanuel Quillet
Strada Film, Midralgar
World Sales
Pyramide International
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Cannes Film Festival 2022