Cristian Mungiu, the Golden Palm laureate, whose 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days catapulted him into the pantheon of European directors, now shares his latest and most personal film. Graduation isabout his urban middle class community, the intellectuals whose daily choices mold Romanian society. In the plot, the daughter of Romeo Aldeo, a nearly 50 year-old doctor from Cluj, is studying for her matriculation exam and wants to study abroad. Unfortunately, she gets mugged just before the test. Worried about the results, her father decides to take matters into his own hands to guarantee his daughter a proper score. Mungiu questions the morality of today's Romunia by exposing a world steeped in corruption, lies and hypocrisy. The pervasive downfall begins here and now with dishonesty toward loved ones and seemingly minor frauds. I made this film for my children, says Mungiu, winner of the latest Cannes Film Festival for Graduation. At stake in this coarse and realistic story is the next generation, with the director seemingly asking what mentality it will inherit from their parents.
Cannes IFF 2016 – Best Director
Cristian Mungiu is a director, screenwriter, and producer. He was the first-and so far only-Romanian director to win a Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, an honor he received in 2007 for his film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. Mungiu's international career was in fact launched in Cannes, with his 2002 feature debut, Occident. A story of people from Central Europe attempting to make it to the West, the film was screened as part of the Director's Fortnight section. A decade later (following the success of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), his Beyond the Hills, based on the work of author Tatiana Niculescu Bran, captured an award at Cannes for Best Screenplay, as well as awards for Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan in the Best Actress category. The film was also recognized by the European Film Academy, the Caesars, Italy's David di Donatello Awards, and the European Parliament's LUX Awards. At this year's Cannes Festival, Mungiu screened his latest work, Graduation (Best Director). Mungiu's intimate stories, which explore issues of enslavement and alienation, deal as much with changes in Romanian society at the turn of the century as they do with the human condition itself.
2002 Zachód / Occident
2007 4 miesiące, 3 tygodnie i 2 dni / 4 luni, 3 săptămâni și 2 zile / 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
2012 Za wzgórzami / După dealuri / Beyond the Hills
2016 Egzamin / Bacalaureat / Graduation