GLEBE / ROMANIA
A former political prisoner and his torturer confront each other at the Glebe, which is the mysterious ancient burial place where everything started, to conclude their unfinished business.
An ancient burial place called Glebe is the home of many generations of hunters amongst whom Barbu is the last.
As a child in the final days of World War Two, Barbu witnesses his family being executed and his home destroyed by Maksim, a thuggish but opportunistic teenager.
During the Communist era, Maksim has become a Secret Police officer, while Barbu is fighting for the Resistance. Maksim captures Barbu and incarcerates him together with Barbu’s loyal best friend, Vlad. Over the next forty years, Maksim tortures Barbu, Vlad and other undesirables, using sadistic games to select who lives and dies.
Finally liberated after the fall of Communism in the 1990s, Barbu and Vlad ally with Faustina, a young widow whose husband was also killed by Maksim, to plan their revenge in a local hunting game. But the plans go wrong, as Maksim kills Vlad, takes Faustina hostage, and leaves Barbu for dead. For the second hunt, a recovered Barbu is better prepared. He lures Maksim to the Glebe, where, with the help of other former political prisoners and the police, Maksim is captured and judged for war crimes and genocide.
Attempting to escape from police custody, Barbu shoots Maksim dead. The hunt is finally over, and Barbu’s beloved Glebe can now become a peaceful nature reserve.
Ioan Antoci (Romania)
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