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Day of the Tiger (Tigru)

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Crime & Thriller 2023 80 min Romania, France, Greece
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An absorbing, offbeat drama about love, loss, and a tiger on the loose.

In a small Transylvanian town, Vera works as a zoo veterinarian. As she grapples with a shaky marriage that never recovered from the tragic loss of a newborn, Vera dedicates herself to the animals as a coping mechanism. A pet tiger is relocated to the zoo on the same day that a shocking discovery is made about her husband, and Vera enables the tiger’s escape. Realizing her mistake and on the verge of a nervous breakdown, she sets out with a team to locate the animal before it wreaks havoc.

A compact drama whose action unfolds over 24 hours, Day of the Tiger is an engaging portrait of a complex woman. Cătălina Moga delivers an exceptional performance as Vera, and the film’s darker moments are offset by comical absurdity. An absorbing, offbeat film about love and loss.

Accessible from 16 and over


  • Cătălina Moga
  • Paul Ipate
  • Alex Velea


  • Andrei Tanase


  • Barbu Bălășoiu


  • Marius Leftărache
  • Marian Bălan
  • Julien Brossier


  • JB Dunckel


  • Domestic Film
  • Altamar Film
  • Graal


Friday 01 March 2024 18:30
Lieux : Ciné Utopia
Audio : Roumanian
Subtitles : French
Screening : Public Screening
Thursday 07 March 2024 20:30
Talent présent  •  
Lieux : Ciné Utopia
Audio : Roumanian
Subtitles : English
Screening : Public Screening
Friday 08 March 2024 18:30
Talent présent  •  
Lieux : Cinémathèque
Audio : Roumanian
Subtitles : English
Screening : Public Screening


Captivating and off-kilter in creative ways, Day of the Tiger is an absorbing psychological drama that offers us a unique glimpse into the mind of a character working her way through life, coming to terms with her existence while questioning the very nature of humanity.”
Matthew Joseph Jenner International Cinephile Society 17/08/2023



Born 1982 in Romania, Andrei Tănase graduated from Bucharest’s National University of Theatre and Film. He worked as a writer-director for television shows before branching into film, and his short ‘Prima Noapte’ (‘First Night’) was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. ‘Day of the Tiger’ is his debut feature-length film.


  • Day of the Tiger 2023
  • First night (short) 2016
  • Summer break (short) 2015
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