Director: Cristian Mungiu
Duration: 2h 5m
Countries: Romania, France, Belgium
Festival de Cannes, Palma de Oro
Festival Internacional de Cine de Chicago, Mejor Película
A few days before Christmas, having quit his job in Germany, Matthias (Marin Grigore) returns to his multi-ethnic Transylvanian village. He wishes to involve himself more in the education of his son, Rudi (Mark Blenyesi) and to rid the boy of the unresolved fears that have taken hold of him. When a few new workers are hired at the small factory, the peace of the community is disturbed, underlying fears grip the adults, and frustrations, conflicts and passions erupt through the thin veneer of apparent understanding and calm.
Cristian Mungiu is a Romanian filmmaker born in Iaşi, Romania, in 1968. His debut film, Occident / West, premiered in Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2002 and was an audience hit in Romania. In 2007, his second feature, 4 Months, 3 weeks and 2 days, was awarded the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Mungiu followed with films with great critic and festival success. Bacalaureat / Graduation, his fifth film presented in Cannes, won Best Director in 2016.