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Several urban legends of Communist Romania are dramatized. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Diana Cavallioti ... Crina (segment "The Legend of the Air Sellers")

Radu Iacoban ... Bughi (segment "The Legend of the Air Sellers")

Vlad Ivanov ... Grigore (segment "The Legend of the Chicken Driver")
Tania Popa ... Camelia (segment "The Legend of the Chicken Driver")
Liliana Mocanu ... Marusia (segment "The Legend of the Chicken Driver")
Alexandru Potocean ... The Secretary (segment "The Legend of the Official Visit")
Teodor Corban ... The Mayor (segment "The Legend of the Official Visit")
Emanuel Parvu ... The Party Inspector (segment "The Legend of the Official Visit")
Calin Chirila ... The Party Activist (segment "The Legend of the Party Activist")
Romeo Tudor ... The Shepherd (segment "The Legend of the Party Activist")
Avram Birau ... The Photographer (segment "The Legend of the Party Photographer")
Paul Dunca ... The Photographer's Assistant (segment "The Legend of the Party Photographer")
Viorel Comanici ... The Party Secretary (segment "The Legend of the Party Photographer")
Ion Sapdaru ... Policeman Alexa (segment "The Legend of the Greedy Policeman")
Virginia Mirea ... Policeman's Wife (segment "The Legend of the Greedy Policeman")

Gabriel Spahiu ... Neighbor (segment "The Legend of the Greedy Policeman")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ingrid Bisu ... Viviana
Eugenia Bosânceanu ... Second Housewife
Smaranda Caragea ... Roxana
Aristita Diamandi ... First Housewife
Ion Grosu ... Gestionarul
Stefan Iancu ... Tudorut
Dan Ivanesei ... Train Inspector (segment "The Legend of the Party Photographer")
Claudiu Maier
Alexandru Papadopol ... The Punk
Iulian Postelnicu ... Primul gardian

Directed by
Hanno Höfer 
Razvan Marculescu 
Cristian Mungiu 
Constantin Popescu 
Ioana Uricaru 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cristian Mungiu  written by

Produced by
Pascal Caucheteux .... producer
Cristian Mungiu .... producer
Oleg Mutu .... producer
Original Music by
Hanno Höfer 
Laco Jimi 
Cinematography by
Liviu Marghidan 
Oleg Mutu 
Alexandru Sterian 
Film Editing by
Dana Bunescu 
Theodora Penciu 
Ioana Uricaru 
Production Design by
Cezara Armasu 
Dana Istrate 
Simona Paduretu 
Mihaela Poenaru 
Costume Design by
Brandusa Ioan 
Ana Ioneci 
Dana Istrate 
Luminita Mihai 
Makeup Department
Beti Facaianu .... makeup artist
Cristina Ilie .... makeup artist
Lidia Ivanov .... hair stylist
Parpala Mara .... makeup artist
Ruxandra Popa .... key makeup artist
Cristina Temelie .... hair stylist
Production Management
Adrian Moroca .... unit production manager
Catalin Neagu .... unit production manager
Adrian Smarandache .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andra Chiriac .... assistant director
Monica Lazureanu .... assistant director
Ciprian Panaite .... assistant director
Mariuca Petre .... assistant director
Anatol Reghintovschi .... assistant director
Sound Department
Dana Bunescu .... sound recordist
Nicolae Comarzan .... boom operator
Mirel Cristea .... sound mixer
Blanaru Dan .... boom operator
Alex Dragomir .... boom operator
Stanomir Dragos .... sound mixer
André Fèvre .... foley artist
Marian Iacoban .... sound mixer
Laura Lazarescu .... foley artist
Laura Lazarescu .... sound editor
Marius Leftarache .... sound editor
Marius Militaru .... boom operator
Dan-Stefan Rucareanu .... foley recordist
Cristinel Sirli .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christinel Sirli)
Sebastian Zsemlye .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Ureche Octavian .... visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucian Diaconu .... gaffer
Sergiu Dan Nani .... gaffer
Alex Traila .... clapper
Mircea Valentin .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dumitrita Lunca .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Bogdan Alexandru .... digital intermediate operator
Other crew
Oana Kelemen .... production coordinator
Dana Toader .... post-production coordinator
Alex Traila .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Amintiri din epoca de aur" - Romania (original title)
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155 min | Italy:90 min | France:80 min | Finland:134 min
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Shown at Leeds International Film Festival (UK) on the 11th & 12th of November, 2009.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Exceptional- there is no time traveling machine, but there is this movie, 3 March 2014
Author: oragex from Canada

This is a five short films DVD, each being a different story in a particular setting that we may call typical of the Romania daily life as seen during the communist regime that ended in late 1980's.

The films are nicely shot, very in detail as of the memories I have of that time. The dance with the girl's hands around the neck, the green bananas, the hair wash in water warmed on the stove, remember that? This movie is clearly pointing to very specific details of the life back then, more than the story line itself. In a nostalgic, not depressing way. It's a 'feeling' movie, that put a smile on my face.

The play is superb, contrary of what others say here. Please look at details, the actors reproduce the exact emotions related to teenagers, young kids, married adults, couples life. Decors are so accurate, it makes you feel like going right back in time and recognize everything like it was 30 years before. And - my guess - props for filming school scenes at Mihai Viteazul in Bucharest. The story line is slightly exaggerated, but we do understand that sometime, somewhere it really happened that way to someone. I did like more films #2,#3 and #5 because those feel more refreshing and have a good hint of humor. I did not like much the Air sellers film because it's depressing and it feels too unrealistic.

A must see for all 30+ years old roumanians out there.

Here's the list of the films as of Wikipedia:

DVD1 1. The Legend of the Air Sellers Crina meets small-time con-artist Bughi, who ekes a living pretending to be a water inspector: calling door-to-door, he asks residents to provide a sample of their tap water in a bottle they supply, which he turns in for the deposit. She joins him on one of his trips, but persuades him that collecting multiple air samples will be faster. Their scheme unravels when they become overambitious and try to scam an entire apartment block out of its bottles.

2. The Legend of the Chicken Driver A poultry truck driver, disillusioned with his loveless marriage, tries to win the heart of the manageress of a roadside inn. He brings her the eggs laid overnight by the chickens in his truck, but the two of them realize with Easter coming up, it would be more profitable to sell them on to the general public instead. Their scheme collapses when he is found out and jailed for embezzlement. He is eventually permitted a visitor to his prison, though it proves to be not the woman he sought, but his angry wife.

DVD2 3. The Legend of the Official Visit Local Party officials scurry into action when a motorcade of VIPs and foreign dignitaries promises to pass through the village. A government official arrives and attention is paid to the smallest detail, yet the people are let down when a phone call reveals the motorcade is no longer coming. Everyone is disconsolate and the worse for drink, the official orders everyone to ride together on the children's carousel, but as the mayor loses conscience, they realize that there is no-one around to switch the machine off and let them down. Legend tells that they were all still trapped there when the motorcade did after all pass through.

4. The Legend of the Party Photographer Newspaper editors and Party officials fret over a photograph of Ceaușescu and the visiting Giscard d'Estaing to be published in tomorrow's paper. Much argument is had over how best to doctor the photograph to make Ceaușescu appear taller than d'Estaing, and whether he should be wearing a hat. A hat is duly provided for Ceaușescu in the photograph, but no-one notices until too late that he was already carrying one, leaving the image of him comically carrying one hat while wearing another.

5. The Legend of the Greedy Policeman A policeman is promised a pig by his brother, but when it is delivered, is found to still be alive. Uncertain how to slaughter a pig, and unwilling to share the pig with their neighbors, the family manage to gas it with butane in their apartment's kitchen. Believing the gas to have completely dissipated, they try to burn the hairs from its corpse with a blow lamp, but instead succeed in blowing up their apartment.

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