“The screenplay starts from the kind of personal experience that people usually donʼt share with others. Something unexpected happened with the people who came in contact with my story: once they heard it, they had a personal story of this kind to share. All of a sudden, everybody had something to say about this topic.” - Cristian Mungiu
• Palme d’Or - Cannes Film Festival
• Best European Film / Best European Director - European Film Academy
• FIPRESCI Grand Prix, Best Film - San Sebastian IFF
• Best Foreign Film - Goya Awards
• Nominee for Best Foreign Film - Golden Globe
Otilia and Găbiţa share the same room in a student dormitory. They are colleagues at the University in this small town in Romania, during the last years of communism. Otilia rents a room in a cheap hotel. In the afternoon, they are going to meet a certain Mr. Bebe. Găbiţa is pregnant, abortion is illegal and neither of them have passed through something like this before.
Cristian Mungiu is a Romanian filmmaker. His debut film, OCCIDENT premiered at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2002, won the Transilvania Trophy at the first edition of the Transilvania IFF and became an audience hit in Romania.
His second feature, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, was awarded the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2007. The film later received several awards as best film of the year from various international associations of film critics. It also won the European Film Academy awards for best film and best director. He returned to Cannes in 2009 as a writer-producer-co-director with the collective episodic film TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE and as a writer-director in 2012 with BEYOND THE HILLS – double awarded for Best Screenplay and Best Actresses. GRADUATION, his fifth film presented in Cannes, was awarded Best Director in 2016.