Medal of Honor / Medalia de onoare @ The Royal Cinema, Toronto

The European Union Film Festival is screening “Medal of Honor” (Romania 2009), a film by the Romanian director Peter Calin Netzer.

The European Union Film Festival is screening “Medal of Honor” (Romania 2009), a film by the Romanian director Peter Calin Netzer.

Medal of Honor / Medalia de onoare (2009)
Sunday, 18 November at 8:30 pm
The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto


One day Ion, a 75 year old Romanian man, receives a Medal of Honor for heroism back in WW2, a time he barely remembers. The medal forces Ion to reconsider his life, and whether he actually means something to his estranged family.

Ion’s luck takes a turn for the worse when he receives a letter from the Ministry of Defense, announcing that he was mistakenly awarded the medal. Ion keeps the news a secret, especially when his only son pays him a visit after seven years. Ion’s humiliation is complete when his son tells him the medal is worthless.

Romania, 2009; Romanian with English Subtitles, 104 min.

Directed by: Peter Călin Netzer
With: Victor Rebengiuc, Camelia Zorlescu, Radu Beligan, Ion Lucian, Cerasela Iosifescu, Radu Gabriel, Tatiana Iekel, Simona Bondoc, Eugenia Bosanceanu, Doru Ana, Anca Pandrea, Mircea Andreescu, (Catalina Murgea), Gabriel Spahiu, Mimi Branescu, Ovidiu Niculescu

Awards and Festivals

  • Torino Film Festival 2009 – Scuola Holden Award; Audience Award
  • Thessaloniki Film Festival 2009 – Special Jury Award; Best Screenplay; Best Actor; FIPRESCI award; ETEKT Technical Excellence
  • Miami International Film Festival 2010 – Special Jury Mention, World Competition; Special Mention, Cineuropa Prize
  • Transilvania International Film Festival 2010 – Best Performance; Best Director
  • The Gopo Awards, Romania 2011 – Best Actor; Best Screenplay


  • Entrance on a first come, first serve basis
  • Ticket distribution will begin one hour before each screening
  • One ticket per person
  • Save your ticket stub to vote for the Audience Award after the screening
  • All films 18 and over, subtitled in English unless noted

Film Info

About The European Union Film Festival

The European Union Film Festival is a unique cultural collaboration of EU Consulates and Cultural Institutes in Toronto. Celebrating cinematic excellence with national and international award-winning Films, the Festival will be held exclusively at The Royal Cinema from November 14 – 27, 2012. The Festival, now in its eight year, is the largest European Film Festival in Toronto.

2012 Participating EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom