Of Snails and Men / Despre oameni si melci (Romania/France, 2012)

directed by Tudor Giurgiu, comedy, 93 min, eng subtitles
written by Ionuț Teianu
with Dorel Vișan, Jean-Franois Stvenin, Robinson Stvenin, Andi Vasluianu, Monica Brldeanu

In 1992, the state-owned car factory in Cmpulung Muscel just went bankrupt and will be privatised in a week. The buyer is a French company planning to convert the plant into a snail cannery. Only 300 of the 3000 workers will keep their jobs.
George Petrescu, the union leader - late thirties, married, one child - living on a monthly wage of 100 dollars, like everyone else in town, is a sort of charming provincial Don Juan. Late one night, unable to sleep, he sees an advertisement on TV for a sperm bank in Bucharest paying 50 dollars for each donation. This gives him an idea to save the plant and his co-workers' jobs. If 1000 of the youngest workers sold their sperm for a week, they could raise enough money to buy the plant and the license for a new engine. They could restart production, be back in business and everyone would have a job.
Of Snails and Men is a dramatic comedy that reminds you to never lose hope and use all your resources.

Warsaw International Film Festival 2012 (Special Jury Award)