Romanian New Wave at Cannes 2016
This year at Cannes Film Festival we had 5 Romanian movies, 2 of which have been selected for the main competition. Graduation by Cristian Mungiu and Sieranevada by Cristi Puiu raced against each other for the much coveted prize – Palm D’or. Although neither of them won the big trophy, which went to the 79-year-old director Ken Loach for the well-received social drama I, Daniel Blake, Cristian Mungiu did won Best Director with its production, Graduation.
The important thing is the fact that for the first time in the seven-decade history of the Cannes Film Festival we had 2 movies in the main competition and both of them were weel-regarded.
Graduation (original name: Bacalaureant) by Cristian Mungiu. Starring: Adrian Titieni, Maria Drăguş, Lia Bugnar, Mălina Manovici, Vlad Ivanov, Gelu Colceag, Rareş Andrici, Petre Ciubotaru, Alexandra Davidescu, Emanuel Pârvu, Lucian Ifrim, Gigi Ifrim, Adrian Văncică, Orsolya Moldovan, Tudor Smoleanu, Liliana Mocanu, David Hodorog, Constantin Cojocaru, Eniko Benczo, Claudia Susanu, Petronela Grigorescu, Robert Emanuel, Mihai Giurţan, Andrei Morariu, Kim Ciobanu, Claudiu Dumitru, Mihai Coroian, Valeriu Andriuţă. (Romanian dialogue). Running time: 127 mins
Formerly titled “Family Photos”, the movie is a family drama that focuses on parenting in a small Romanian town. In a dysfunctional society where corruption is everywhere, greasing the system seems to be the only way forward. Because he sees his daughter’s chances to leave Romania dashed, the main character, a doctor (Adrian Titieni) enters the grey aria and pulls the strings to save his daughter.
Sieranevada by Cristi Puiu. Starring: Branescu Mimi, Dana Dogaru, Marin Grigore, Rolando Matsangos, Tatiana Iekel, Judith State, Ana Ciontea, Sorin Medeleni, Bogdan Dumitrache. Running time: 173 mins
Three hours of drama blended with comedy and then some more drama. A typically Romanian movie.
“Puiu is too thoughtful a filmmaker to push for laughs by twisting anyone’s behavior in periodically obvious ways – it’s a comedy, in fact, containing barely one moment of comic exaggeration. As such, it earns respect and a cumulative awe in its intently amused vision of reality: it’s a commanding and intellectually gratifying piece of work.” wrote the Telegraph
Two movies that should definitely be watched, felt and known close and personal.