It’s been 18 years since Nicolae Ceausescu was overthrown, but Romania’s filmmakers can’t stop thinking about him. The country’s newly acclaimed cinema, which has earned several awards at Cannes in recent years, is largely devoted to movies about Ceausescu’s rule or its aftermath. The two Romanian films commercially released in the United States in the past 18 months—both of which are included in this overview—are contemporary tales, but they’re not exactly forward-looking. 12:08 East of Bucharest (pictured; at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25) is a wry look at a small town where a few people say they joined in the revolution, but others insist the supposed rebels were bystanders at best. A medical odyssey worthy of Michael Moore’s most fevered nightmares, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1) doesn’t directly address the Ceausescu era, but it certainly suggests that someone left the country’s hospitals in shambles. Even a domestic-scaled film like The Way I Spent the End of the World (at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16) is shadowed by the former dictator; teenage Eva’s coming-of-age saga observes such universal matters as sibling relationships and sexual initiation, but its climax is Romania’s uprising. That event is also the subject of the film that begins this survey: The Paper Will Be Blue (at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 18) combines docudrama and satire to conjure the events and emotions of December 1989. The series runs to Sunday, Dec. 30, at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 737-4215; see Showtimes for this week’s films; see nga.gov/programs/film.shtm for a complete schedule.