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Graduation – Review

(l-r) Dr. Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) talks to his daughter Eliza (Maria Dragus), director Cristian Mungiu’s drama Graduation. Courtesy of Sundance Selects ©

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu grabbed international attention and the Palme d’Or with his 2007 pregnancy drama Four Months, Three Weeks, And Two Days. That harrowing film presented a tour through Romanian creaky bureaucracy and a murky underworld of bribes and corruption in a story built on a controversial topic. In the director’s latest film Graduation, the subject is less heated, but it also explores the difficulties of life in Romania.

Graduation (“Bacalaureat”) centers on a doctor trying to ensure his straight-a student daughter’s best chance at a college scholarship in England, while showing the challenges and complexities of life in Romania. The subject is more universal – the desire of parents for the child to do well – but also paints a bleak picture of Romania life.
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Movie Review – Graduation (2016)

Graduation, 2016.

Written and Directed by Cristian Mungio.

Starring Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rares Andrici, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici, and Vlad Ivanov.


A film about compromises and the implications of the parent’s role.

Immediately jumping out at the viewer is the fact that Graduation (from Romanian writer and director Cristian Mungio, who has also crafted well-received works such as Tales From the Golden Age and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) doesn’t really follow around its unfortunate rape victim Eliza (who is not only on the verge of graduating high school, but is undergoing a series of final exams that will greatly affect her future), choosing instead to focus on how her father Romeo handles the terrible situation and pending consequences.

To say that Romeo makes every incorrect decision possible wouldn’t necessarily be false, but he is behaving irrationally and willing to bend the rules for the sake of
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'Graduation' Review: Romanian Drama on Corruption Is a Near-Masterpiece

'Graduation' Review: Romanian Drama on Corruption Is a Near-Masterpiece
To director Cristian Mungiu, Romania is not just a country – it's a state of mind. The 48-year-old filmmaker grew up in a post-communist society, one where citizens still feel the boot of Soviet rule that ended nearly three decades ago with the overthrow of Stalinist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. His latest, Graduation, isn't quite on the landmark level of his searing 2007 abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, but this gripping film still sizzles with Mungiu's social-realist concern for people who believe they can't raise their position based on merit alone. In that sense,
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Graduation Movie Review

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Graduation Movie Review
Graduation (Bacalaureat) Sundance Selects Director: Christian Mungiu Written by: Christian Mungiu Cast: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici, Vlad Ivanov, Gelu Colceag Screened at: Dolby24, NYC, 3/15/17 Opens: April 7, 2017 If Christian Mungiu believes that corruption in government and dysfunction in society are unique to Romania, he is wrong. If he believes […]

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The Future Is Forever Changed In New Trailer For Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes-Winning ‘Graduation’

One moment can change everything, and the journey to try to adjust a life that’s forever been rerouted can be perilous. This is what Cristian Mungiu explores in his upcoming “Graduation,” which won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

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The latest from the mastermind behind “4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days” and “Beyond The Hills” stars Adrian Titieni, Lia Bugnar, Maria-Victoria Dragus, and Malina Manovici in the story of a young woman headed for college, but whose future is changed when she’s attacked.

Continue reading The Future Is Forever Changed In New Trailer For Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes-Winning ‘Graduation’ at The Playlist.
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New Us Trailer for Cristian Mungiu's Film 'Graduation' from Romania

"A father will do anything to save his daughter's future." Sundance Selects + IFC Films have debuted the official Us trailer for a film titled Graduation, made by acclaimed Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu. Mungiu won the Palme d'Or at Cannes a few years ago for 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, and this new film also premiered in competition at Cannes last year. Graduation (or Bacalaureat in Romanian) is about a father and his daughter, who is just about to graduate and go to a university in the UK. But an attack against her jeopardizes everything. It's a complex film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role. The cast includes Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Rares Andrici, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici and Vlad Ivanov. This received fairly positive reviews at Cannes, but it's not better than Mungiu's other films. Here's the new official Us trailer (+ poster) for Cristian Mungiu's Graduation, direct
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Rules Are Broken In New U.K. Trailer For Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes-Winning ‘Graduation’

How far would you go to ensure your daughter’s future? In Cristian Mungiu‘s (“4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days” and “Beyond The Hills“) new film “Graduation,” a father is in a moral and ethical bind that has unexpected consequences, in what looks like another terrific effort from the Romanian filmmaker.

Adrian Titieni, Lia Bugnar, Maria Dragus, and Malina Manovici all feature in the film that kicks off when the college-bound Eliza is the victim of an assault that could alter her plans forever.

Continue reading Rules Are Broken In New U.K. Trailer For Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes-Winning ‘Graduation’ at The Playlist.
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Nyff: Hermia & Helena & Graduation

Bill Curran reporting from the New York Film Festival. Hot takes on two titles...

Hermia and Helena

Matías Piñeiro’s newest Bard-based roundelay belongs to that venerable arthouse tradition, the stranger-here-in-this-town movie. Far from attempting a fully foreign pose, the Argentina-bred but Brooklyn-living Piñeiro is driven by the same impulse found in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Flight of the Red Balloon and Wim Wender’s 70’s USA road trilogy: flaunt the outsider perspective. When Carmen (Maria Villar) hustles back to Buenos Aires with an unfinished manuscript, Camila (Agustina Muñoz) all but assumes her friend’s spot—not to mention a few dangling relationships—in a literary translation fellowship in New York City. Camila’s choice of text: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, naturally, giving Hermia and Helena license to oscillate between North and South America as if they were different worlds, and to riff on the impermanency of love and self.
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New York Film Festival Early Bird Highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

John Waters, a big fan of Isabelle Huppert, star of Valley Of Love, Elle and Things To Come Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Cristian Mungiu's (Beyond The Hills and 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days)Graduation (Bacalaureat) with Adrian Titieni, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Lia Bugnar and Malina Manovici; Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake, starring Dave Johns and Hayley Squires; Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven's Elle and Mia Hansen-Løve's (Goodbye First Love and Eden) Things To Come (L’Avenir) are four early highlights of the 54th New York Film Festival.

In Elle, shot by Stéphane Fontaine (Jacques Audiard's A Prophet and Rust And Bone written by Thomas Bidegain), Anne Consigny, Laurent Lafitte, Judith Magre, and Charles Berling make up a smashing ensemble cast. Things to Come features Edith Scob, André Marcon, and Roman Kolinka with costumes by Rachèle Raoult (Jalil Lespert's Yves Saint Laurent and Léos Carax's Holy Motors) filmed
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Cristian Mungiu's 'Graduation' Trailer: Father-Daughter Relations Get Tense In The Cannes-Bound Family Drama

Cristian Mungiu's 'Graduation' Trailer: Father-Daughter Relations Get Tense In The Cannes-Bound Family Drama
The first trailer for Cristian Mungiu’s Canned-bound film “Graduation” has been released. The drama tells the story of a family that lives in a small Romanian town, where everyone knows each other, and focuses on parenting and a powerful father-daughter relationship. The two-minute sneak peek doesn’t have subtitles but you can get the intensity and distress that the director was trying to achieve. Read More: Watch: New Clip From Cristian Mungiu's 'Graduation,' Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival “Graduation” stars Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, and Lia Bugnar. Aside from directing, Mungiu was also the producer and writer of the film. Shortly after the feature was accepted in competition in Cannes, it was also picked up for U.S. distribution by Sundance Selects. A couple weeks ago a new clip and the official poster for “Graduation” were released. You can click here to see them. The Romanian
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First Trailer For Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes-Bound Drama ‘Graduation’

Romania’s Cristian Mungiu had quite a bit to celebrate during his birthday this week. Not only is his latest feature, Graduation, completed and accepted in competition in Cannes — not necessarily a surprise after deservedly winning the Palme d’Or back in 2007 for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days — but it was also picked up for U.S. distribution by Sundance Selects before the premiere.

While we don’t have an English-subtitled trailer, the first one has landed ahead of its Cannes premiere. The drama is described as “a powerful and universal study about the imprecision of parenthood, the relativity of truth and the ambiguity of compromise, revealed by a father-daughter relationship.” Check out the trailer below, along with two clips and the poster, for the film starring Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, and Lia Bugnar.

Romeo Aldea (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza
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Sundance Selects acquires Cannes duo

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The distributor has picked up Us rights to newly announced Cannes selections Graduation and The Unknown Girl.

Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation (aka Bacalaureat) is a family drama that takes place in small Romanian town where everybody knows everybody.

Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus and Lia Bugnar star. Mungiu’s Mobra Films produced with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne of Films du Fleuve; Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat of Why Not Productions; Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch; and Jean Labadie of Le Pacte. Tudor Reu is executive producer.

Sundance Selects negotiated with Wild Bunch for The Unknown Girl – also known as The Son Of Joseph (La Fille Unconnue) – from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Adele Haenel, Jeremie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Fabrizio Rongione and Thomas Doret star in the story about a young doctor who investigates the identity of a mysterious dead body. Denis Freyd and the Dardennes produced.

The buys bring to four the number of Cannes competition selections in the
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #9. Cristian Mungiu’s Family Photos

Family Photos

Director: Cristian Mungiu

Writer: Cristian Mungiu

It’s already been four years since Romanian auteur’s last film, the superb Beyond the Hills in 2012—and that’s the only other feature he’s completed since winning his 2007 Palme d’Or for 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (though he did contribute to the 2009 omnibus Tales from the Golden Age). Filming wrapped in July for his latest film, Family Photos, a family drama about parenting set in a small Romanian town. Of note, it’s Mungiu’s first feature to revolve around a male protagonist.

Cast: Vlad Ivanov, Adrian Titieni, Lia Bugnar, Ioachim Ciobanu

Production Co./Producers: Mobra Films, Why Not Production, Wild Bunch, Les Films du Fleuve, France 3 Cinema, Mandragora

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Wild Bunch (domestic/international)

Release Date: Mungiu seems a sure bet for Cannes 2016 main competition.
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Romanian Director Cristian Mungiu Wraps Shooting for New Film 'Family Photos'

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu ("4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days") shot "Family Photos" (Fotografii de familie) under the radar from June 11 to July 24, 2015. Adrian Titieni ("Best Intentions," 4Proof Film) is starring in the leading role.

Mungiu's latest film is a family drama about parenting set in a small Romanian town where everybody knows everybody. It is the first feature in which Mungiu focuses on a male protagonist, a doctor. The cast includes Lia Bugnar and Vlad Ivanov. Shooting took place mostly in the town of Victoria, but the story is not set in that city. Thistime around Mungiu didn't work his long time collaborator Oleg Mutu, instead  chose young cinematographer Tudor Panduru.

The project received a production grant of approximately 430,000 Eur/1.91 m Ron from the National Film Center at the beginning of 2015, the highest funding for a feature film in that session. The director told Fne at the end of March 2015 that he hoped to work again with the coproducers he had for Academy Award-shortlisted "Beyond the Hills." 

"Beyond the Hills" was produced by Mungiu through Mobra Films in coproduction with Why Not Production, Wild Bunch, Les Films du Fleuve (, France 3 Cinéma ( and Mandragora Movies Romania.
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Chisu's WebSiteStory is Uploaded at Hamburg FilmFest

Dan Chişu's first feature film has been selected for this year's FilmFest Hamburg, in the Eurovisuell section. A festival which features several heavyweight European films included the low budget drma meant to wake up adults to the new reality of the internets. WebSiteStory follows an 18-year-old girl, named Laura, who spends a night in a club with her friend Mira. During the night, she gets drunk and smokes her first joint. Next day in the morning, Laura can't remember anything and finds out that her friend is dead. Logically, she wants to know what happened to Mira and starts to look out through Mira's YouTube posts, hoping she discovers the truth. She wants to avenge Mira‘s death no matter what. And, in the end, her story of revenge returns to the internet, the place where it all began. WebSiteStory is just the story of a premeditated murder out of
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