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15.-21. januar 2018

Program 2017

Three subtly parodic tales about life in post-communistic, neo-capitalistic Bucharest playfully intersect in OCCIDENT, resulting in a deliciously deadpan satire of the dream of a “better” life, and what one has to be willing to sacrifice to achieve it. A handful of youngish, everydayish romanians struggle to sort out their goals and how to achieve them, when confronted with the new abundance of choices, illustrated in the likes of a shop named “More and more: A Philosophy of Life”, or embodied in comment “Just imagine how it would be to eat at McDonald’s every Saturday!”.

The tone in OCCIDENT might be reminiscent of Jarmusch and Kaurismäki, but this intricately told, well-written bittersweet tale is patent Romanian-style social realism that later became a trademark for what has been called the Romanian New Wave. Don’t miss this rare chance to see the feature debut of our guest of honor, Cristian Mungiu.

Orginal title: 
OCCIDENT
Director: 
Cristian Mungiu
Screenplay: 
Cristian Mungiu
Photography: 
Vivi Drăgan Vasile
Actors: 
Alexandru Papadopol, Anca-Ioana Androne, Dorel Vișan, Tania Popa, Ioan Gyuri Pascu
Run time: 
1 hour 41 min
Year: 
2002
Country: 
Romania
Producer: 
Cristina Ionescu, Dan Badea
Sales: 
Voodoo Films
Age rating: 
15
Director info: 

Cristian Mungiu (b. 1968) is Romania’s most well-known filmmaker, and a leading figure in the «Romanian new wave» of the 00s. His films share a realist style, natural dialogue, dark humor and subtle criticism of institutions. His feature 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, AND 2 DAYS won him a Palme D’Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.