BIFF17 Graduation

18th August, 2017 (15+)
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  • Director Cristian Mungiu
  • Cast Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Lia Bugnar
  • Duration 128 min
  • Rating 15+
  • Language Romanian with English subtitles
  • Genre Crime, Drama, Film Festival
  • Participating Cinemas Palace Barracks, Palace Centro

Synopsis

Master filmmaker Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes award-winning work is a beautiful meditation on the choices we make and their impact on ourselves and those around us.

Romeo (Adrian Titieni) is a middle-aged physician living in a tiny mountain town in Transylvania. He’s a good man, but his life and marriage are somehow stuck in the mud, in this backwater where his dreams of making a difference have long since evaporated. His academically gifted daughter, however, has a chance to escape to an English university – but an incident on the eve of her scholarship exams puts that once-in-alifetime shot at freedom in jeopardy.

In a single chance meeting in the aftermath of this strife, Romeo could help his daughter by making a small choice – but while well-intentioned, it might not be the most principled thing to do. For Romeo, this simple decision sets off a chain reaction that moves further and further out of his control.

With a deft hand, Mungiu guides his players through an environment of social realism where the details and little decisions really matter. From a technical perspective, this is very fine filmmaking, particularly the director’s attention to performance and the always restless sound design.

Awards

Best Director: 69th Cannes Film Festival, 2016

Reviews

  • “A thoroughgoing masterpiece which offers proof that Romania’s cinematic upsurge remains the most vital and important national film movement of the current century.” - Roger Ebert.com

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