4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days
This year’s Palme d’Or-winner is brutally honest in its rendition of two girls struggling with soul-destroying compromises of life during the Ceausescu years. Cristian Mungiu brings deeply humane stories to life with long takes and superb acting in a devastatingly moving film. As a showcase of what Romanian film is currently bringing to the scene, the film is an impressively acted, glorious shot cinematic masterpiece, clearly suggesting the country’s new prominence in the film world.
Cristian Mungiu, born in 1968, first studied English literature at the University of Iaşi. After working a couple of years as a teacher and as a journalist, he enrolled at the University of Film in Bucharest to study film directing. After graduating in 1998, Mungiu made several short films. In 2002, he debuted with his first feature film, OCCIDENT, which won several prizes at film festivals, and was also featured in Director's Fortnight at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. His last feature, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS was the first Romanian film to win the Palm d'Or.