12:08pm on the 22 December 1989 was the exact time of Ceausescu's fall from power in Romania. Sixteen years on, a provincial TV talk show decides to commemorate the event by asking local heroes to reminisce about their own contributions to the revolution. But securing suitable guests proves an unexpected challenge and the producer is left with two less than ideal participants - a drink-addled history teacher and a retired and lonely sometime-Santa Claus grateful for the company. In the farcical show that follows, the men's fanciful boasts of rebellious glory are hilariously disputed by phone-ins from viewers who recall an altogether different version of events. With entertainingly wry humour, Corneliu Porumboiu's debut feature sharply satirises the short memories and inconsistencies of post-revolutionary Romania.
Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban, Ion Sapdaru, Mirela Cioaba, Luminita Gheorghiu, Cristina Ciofu, Lucian Iftime, Annemarie Chertic, Petrica Sapdaru, Catalin Paraschiv, George Guoqingyun, Constantin Dita, Daniel Badale, Marius Rogojinski, Cautea Alexandru, Diaconu Victor Alexandru, Danaila Andrei, Mihai Basescu, Avasiloae Marian Catalin, Birzoi Marian Ciprian