Winner of main prizes at major international film festivals like Sundance, Cinema Jove, Zinebi, Silver Lake, Krakow, Hamburg, Huesca and Brussels, among many others, the most popular Romanian short film ever, The Tube with a Hat is one of Feelshorts’ essentials.
Directed in 2008 by the acclaimed Radu Jude, The Tube with a Hat is a story framed in the prevailing hyper-realistic style of recent Romanian cinema, the so-called new wave: stories told in a very similar way to the documentary style. In The Tube with a Hat, the director effectively transports us to the remote Romanian village where this kind of rural road movie takes place.
Marian, a 7-year-old boy from a small, isolated Romanian village, wakes his father up very early and persuades him to go into the city to get their old TV set fixed. Despite the bad weather, the father finally agrees. Marian and his father start the trip, carrying the TV set, hoping that in the city they will find Bichescu, a specialist, who will fix their problem. This apparently everyday act turns into an adventure that will strengthen the ties between father and son.
Radu Jude, who began working as an assistant director on feature films such as Costa-Gavras’ Amen, has directed several shorts, all award winning films, like Alexandra, The shadow of a Cloud and It Can Pass through the Wall. His first feature, The Happiest Girl in the World (2009) has also won major awards at festivals such as the Berlinale. His latest film, Aferim! (2015), was screened at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear for Best Director.