Director: Cristian Mungiu Run Time: 125 min. Release Year: 2022 Language: Romanian
Starring: András Hatházi, Judith State, Macrina Bârlădeanu, Marin Grigore, Orsolya Moldovan
A few days before Christmas, having quit his job in Germany, Matthias returns to his Transylvanian village. He wishes to involve himself more in the education of his son, Rudi, left for too long in the care of his mother, Ana, and to rid him of the unresolved fears that have gripped him. He’s also eager to see his ex-lover Csilla and preoccupied about his old father, Otto. When a few new workers are hired at the small factory that Csilla manages, the peace of the community is disturbed, underlying fears grip the adults, and frustrations, conflicts and passions erupt through the thin sliver of apparent understanding and calm.
Romanian director Cristian Mungiu had a vibrant and award-winning career when he first began making films. Born in Iasi, Romania in 1968, Mungiu attended the University of Iasi, earning his degree in English and American Literature. After graduation, he began teaching English, then moved on to working as a journalist in print, on television and on radio. In 1994, Mungiu attended the Academy for Theatre and Film in Bucharest, where he directed eight shorts, including “The Hand of Paulista” – his graduation film that was entered by his native country into the 1999 Student Academy Awards.
“There’s a rare elegance to the way that Mungiu establishes the history of this place and its cultural divisions, and an ominousness to the way he anticipates its future.” ~ David Ehrlich, Indiewire
“Mungiu leverages his characteristic style to examine the nationalism and lack of empathy that seems to be spreading throughout the world.” ~ Rene Sanchez, Cine Sin Fronteras