WriterAndrei Cohn
Top castNicoleta Lefter, Doru Bem, Ciprian Chiricheș
Release Year2024
Runtime 2h10


Doru BemLeiba Zibal
Ciprian ChiricheșGheorghiță
George Mario DinuEli
Nicoleta LefterȘura
Ana CionteaGheorghiță's mother
Ioan ComanUrdea
Gábor ErdeiCitizen
Bogdan FarcașLuțu
Cristina FluturNina
Simona GhițăSinger
Iulian PostelnicuCarol
Mihaela SîrbuConstantina
Tibor PalfyCitizen


  • Music Patricia Kopatchinskaja
  • Director of photography Andrei Butică
  • Sound Daniel Soare, Petre Osman
  • Set design Cristian Niculescu
  • Costume design Viorica Petrovici
  • Make-up and hair Dora Codiță, Adelina Handuri
  • Film editing Andrei Iancu, Dana Bunescu
  • Production manager Șerban Rogoveanu
  • Executive producer Bogdan Zărnoianu
  • Producer Anca Puiu
  • Countries of origin Romania


The Holy Week, somewhere around 1900, Romania. The tense relationship between the Jewish innkeeper Leiba and Gheorghe, his servant, reaches a boiling point which brings their separation. Proud and violent, Gheorghe promises Leiba revenge on Easter night. The threat of Gheorghe, in the anti-semitic environment of the Romanian village at the beginning of the 20th century, distresses Leiba. His psychological slip transforms him from victim to aggressor. 


,,In its desire to understand the roots of hatred, and more specifically those of the Holocaust, Holy Week quickly resonates with one of German filmmaker Michael Haneke‘s toughest works, 2009’s The White Ribbon.''

Samuel Chalom | Film Fest Report

17.02.2024 | Full review ↗

,, a world as beautiful in its rural simplicity as it is tainted by prejudice and simmering conflicts, witness to a vicious and endless cycle of hatred, as the director describes it''

Dora Leu | Films in Frame

20.02.2024 | Full review ↗

,,A plethora of means are used in creating the conflict, which Cohn retains perfect control of, to create a tango it’s impossible to look away from''

Ștefan Dobroiu | Cineuropa

20.02.2024 | Full review ↗

,,What interested you about the novel and what made you say it is still relevant today?''

| Galatta

19.02.2024 | Full review ↗

Les personnages de Semaine sainte sont moins au paradis qu’en enfer et Andrei Cohn les fait brûler à petit feu, quitte à prendre parfois son temps.

Gregory Coutaut | Le Polyester

9.04.2024 | Full review ↗