Section: Spotlight: Ukraine



Cristian Mungiu
RO/FR/BE , 2022, 125 Min

A spectral social drama set in a Romanian mountain village. Half-Roma Matthias hastily returns from Germany, where he works in a slaughterhouse, since his son Rudi, upon seeing something mysterious in the local forest, has ceased speaking. Meanwhile, the arrival of three workers from Sri Lanka plunges the multi-ethnic village community into a chaos of distrust and xenophobia.

Weltspiegel : Original version with English subtitles + German simultaneous translation.

Text: Joshua Jádi

Cristian Mungiu
Tudor Vladimir Panduru, RSC
Olivier Do Hùu, Constantin Fleancu and Marius Leftărache
Mircea Olteanu
Simona Pădurețu
Marin Grigore,
Judith State,
Macrina Bârlădeanu,
Orsolya Moldován,
Andrei Finți,
Mark Blenyesi,
Ovidiu Crișan
Cristian Mungiu
Mobra Films (RO)
Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat / Why Not Productions (FR) Delphine Tomson / Les Films du Fleuve (BE) Anthony Muir and Kristina Börjeson / Film I Väst (SE)
Cristian Mungiu

Cristian Mungiu - Cristian Mungiu is a Romanian filmmaker born in Iaşi, Romania, in1968.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. The film later received several Best Film of the Year awards from various international associations of film critics. It also won the European Film Academy awards for Best Film and Best Director. Mungiu returned to Cannes in 2009 as a writer-producer-codirector with the collective episodic film TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE, and as a writer-director in 2012 with BEYOND THE HILLS – double awarded for Best Screenplay and Best Actresses. BACALAUREAT / GRADUATION, his fifth film presented in Cannes, won Best Director in 2016.

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