At some moments surprisingly funny, at other moments surprisingly moving, this film by Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu demonstrates a profound understanding of the human condition and spirit. ‘The Treasure’ tells the story of Adrian, a broke young man who searches for buried treasure that, legend has it, was hidden from communists long ago. Adrian ropes his good-natured neighbour Costi into helping him scour a plot of land, armed with metal detectors and shovels, and inevitably comedy and tragedy ensue. Porumboiu, who also wrote the screenplay in addition to directing the film, tackles what could be difficult subject matter—debt and family strife—with his classic deadpan humour. The film won the Un Certain Talent prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, marking it as a film not to be missed.
At Bíó Paradís on Thursday, June 16 at 20:00 — Admission: 1,400 ISK
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