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When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2013)

89 min. - Film despre lumea filmului - AP 12 - 20.09.2013

Moments from the making of a film, built upon the professional and intimate relationship between a director and an actress.

Regie: Corneliu Porumboiu

Scenariu: Corneliu Porumboiu

Actori principali: Bogdan Dumitrache, Diana Avrămuţ

Galerie foto

Galerie video


Bogdan Dumitrache Paul
Diana Avrămuț Alina
Mihaela Sîrbu Magda
Vezi toată distribuția


42 Km Film (Bucureşti)
Les Films du Worso (Paris)
With CNC support

Date de producție

It won a grant awarded by the Romanian CNC in the September 2011 project contest session, of 1,115,000 RON. The shootings took place in Bucharest. The declared budget: 800,000 Euro.


Independenţa Film ´97



Paul is a man in his `40s and …a film director. The rehearsals with an actress who plays a supporting role in the film that he is currently making, take a lot of time because he is keen on following the script exactly as it is written, though he tries to be open to the actress` suggestions. The scene which is simple – a woman steps out of the shower and while putting on her clothes she overhears a conversation that starts her thinking – is repeated more times, until the actress fully makes the possible overtones her own. After the rehearsals, a short sex scene and a long dinner for two are part of a ritual which seems to be compulsory for the tensions and uncertainties that are normal in the creating process to melt down. A painful gastritis crisis complicates the director`s life because he must go through some investigations that both his health insurance contract and the producer`s interventions who cannot afford costly delays force him to. ((Cristina Corciovescu)


  • The film is made of 17 shots; for each of them, Porumboiu shot 20 takes.
  • The song “Cristina” that the film ends with is sung by Maria Răducanu. One of its lines (“When the evening falls on Bucharest, I look at the girls/ And see that you`re not there”) inspired the title of the film.