Film: End of the World As They Know It

Friday, February 1

The [email protected]'s monthly St. Pete Film Movement, a screening series of critically acclaimed international and independent films, continues with the 2006 coming-of-age drama, The Way I Spent the End of the World. Set in Bucharest in 1989 — the tail end of Nicolae Ceausescu's 24-year communist dictatorship — the Romanian film is about 17-year-old Eva, her 7-year-old brother Lalalilu, and the sequence of events that change their world forever beginning when Eva and her boyfriend Alex accidentally knock over and break a statue of the dictator. Due to his father's strong political ties, Alex gets off with a firm warning while Eva bears the brunt of the punishment. After she's expelled from the Communist Youth Union and exiled to a bleak reformatory, Eva connects with the secretly defiant Andrei, and together, the pair plans their escape. Meanwhile, her ferocious little brother makes plans of his own, which involve exacting revenge against Ceausescu, whom Lalalilu blames for driving away his beloved sister. Fri., Feb. 1, 8 p.m., The [email protected], 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, $5 general/$3 members, 727-895-6620, studioat620.com.

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