4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days / 4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile
Romania, 113' ,
Directed by: Cristian Mungiu
Script: Dana Bunescu
Producer: Cristian Mungiu, Oleg Mutu
Production company: Mobra Film
Cinematography: Oleg Mutu¸
Editing: Dana Bunescu
Cast: Anamaria Marinca, Vlad Ivanov, Laura Vasiliu, Alexandru Potocean
Format: 35mm, color
Running time: 113'
When the flighty Găbiţa decides to terminate her pregnancy – a crime in Romania from 1966 until 1989 – her fiercely loyal university dorm-mate and best friend, Otilia accompanies her to a hotel room to be ‘helped’ by one Mr. Bebe, the only black-market practitioner they can afford. When the foul Bebe requests something far more precious than money for his services, the girls descend into a harrowing journey of the soul that is nothing short of shattering. Taking place over a single Saturday in 1987, the film holds an enormous emotional gravitas. It evolves into a profound exploration not only of sorority in harsh times but of choices and responsibility when options are few.
Cannes Film Festival 2007
FIPRESCI PrizeCinema Prize of the French National Education System
Cristian Mungiu was born in Iasi, Romania, and studied English literature at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi and filmmaking at the University of Drama and Film 'I.L.' Caragiale' in Bucharest. He has worked as a teacher, journalist and assistant director in addition to making several films, including his feature debut 'Occident' (2002); the short 'Turkey Girl', which is part of the omnibus film 'Lost and Found' (segment, 2005); and his second feature, '4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days' (2007).
Pitch perfect and brilliantly acted, ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’ is a stunning achievement, helmed with a purity and honesty that captures not just the illegal abortion story at its core but the constant, unremarked negotiations necessary for survival in the final days of the Soviet bloc / Jay Weissberg, variety.com
Location and screening schedule:
premiere: SC Cinema, Tuesday, October 23rd at 14.00
reprisal: Cinema Europe, Tuesday, October 23rd at 21.30