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‘Midnight Cowboy,’ ‘Graduation,’ ‘Au hasard Balthazar,’ and More to Join the Criterion Collection

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‘Midnight Cowboy,’ ‘Graduation,’ ‘Au hasard Balthazar,’ and More to Join the Criterion Collection
May is going to be a good month for fans of the Romanian New Wave, as Cristian Mungiu’s two most recent films are both joining the Criterion Collection. “Graduation” and “Beyond the Hills” will be released alongside new additions “Midnight Cowboy,” “The Other Side of Hope,” and “Moonrise”; “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters” and “Au hasard Balthazar,” which have already been released on DVD, are getting Blu-ray upgrades.

“Au hasard Balthazar”

“A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, director Robert Bresson’s ‘Au hasard Balthazar’ follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations outside of his understanding. Balthazar, whose life parallels that of his first keeper, Marie, is truly a beast of burden, suffering the sins of humankind. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly.
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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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Springtime in L.A.: SEEFest

Springtime in L.A.: SEEFest
Internationally Acclaimed The Constitution Opens South East European Film Festival April 27 at the Writers Guild in Beverly Hills

Largest-Ever Selection with 56 Films from and about South East Europe

The eight-day SEEfest 2017 runs April 27 — May 4, and includes 12 features, 8 documentaries, 1 special out-of-competition screening, and 36 shorts films (short features, short docs, and animation shorts). Festival audience comprises filmmakers and international art house aficionados, industry professionals and cultural dignitaries from Los Angeles and South East Europe. Screenings are held at the Writers Guild Theater and Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills, the Goethe-Institut in Miracle Mile area and West Hollywood Council Chambers @ Library campus.

The 12th annual South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) has selected Montreal’s Grand Prix of Americas and Santa Barbara’s Best International Feature Film Winner, “The Constitution” by Croatian director Rajko Grlić to open 2017 Festival with a gala event on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00 pm at the Writers Guild Theater theater in Beverly Hills.
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Graduation In St. Louis

Graduation Opens In St. Louis On Friday, April 28th At Landmark’S Plaza Frontenac.

Sundance Selects invites you to an advance screening of Graduation.

Enter for the chance to win Two (2) seats to the advance screening on Tuesday, April 25 at 7Pm in the St. Louis area.

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Official Rules:

1. You Must Be In The St. Louis Area The Day Of The Screening.

2. No purchase necessary. A pass does not guarantee a seat at a screening. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis. The theater is overbooked to assure a full house. The theater is not responsible for overbooking.

Acclaimed filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) returns with this searing human saga about a father driven to extremes in order to protect his daughter’s future. Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) is a seemingly honest doctor who regrets having settled in his native Romania,
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Cristian Mungiu Is a World-Famous Auteur, But In Romania, He Self-Distributes His Movies

Cristian Mungiu Is a World-Famous Auteur, But In Romania, He Self-Distributes His Movies
When Cristian Mungiu goes to the Cannes Film Festival, he’s an internationally renowned filmmaker, with the distinction of being the first Romanian to win the venerated Palme d’Or. That was over a decade ago, when Mungiu’s abortion thriller “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” took the festival’s top prize. His subsequent features, “Beyond the Hills” and “Graduation,” have also played in its Official Selection. Mungiu continues to travel the world and land raves for his sociopolitical cinema, which explores the country’s problems on an intimate scale.

But that hasn’t made it any easier to get his movies seen back home.

Read More: Cristian Mungiu’s ‘Graduation’ Trailer: Father-Daughter Relations Get Tense In The Cannes-Bound Family Drama

Ever since the success of his sophomore feature “4 Months,” Mungiu has self-distributed his work in Romania, reviving a caravan-style approach to screening movies in small towns that was once used
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As Close As Possible to Reality: An Interview with Cristian Mungiu

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Adrian Titieni in GraduationWinner of the Best Director prize at Cannes for Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu, Graduation is a tense dramatic conflict between the private and public spheres. As in Antigone, here we have a member of family—a father (Adrian Titieni), in this case—who wants to protect another family member, his daughter (Maria-Victoria Dragus), from the moral role of the state. This intent leads him to act against the conventional morality of his time. Seeing no future in Romania, the sacrificing father cannot tolerate the fact that his daughter has not been accepted into a prestigious school in London and is ready to do everything in his power to save her life—even if it is immoral and corrupt. Graduation is a well-crafted drama that pays attention to every detail. Yet Mungiu has not attempted to exhaust his audience with a totally predictable narrative. Instead, he brings elements
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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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Graduation review – a scalding study of corruption

A philandering doctor’s life starts to unravel in Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s superb satire

In the bottom right-hand corner of the opening shot of Graduation is somebody – we never see who – digging themselves into a deep hole. This throwaway image brilliantly sums up the plight of Romeo (Adrian Titieni) and of the country itself in this scalding satire of Romanian corruption.

A doctor, father, husband and philanderer, Romeo is a man besieged even before an incident sends his life into a tailspin. Barely a scene goes by without at least one niggling unanswered phone ringing just out of shot. In a typically bold directorial decision, Cristian Mungiu, who in 2008 guided audiences through a Ceaușescu-era maze of underhand payoffs with 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, allows the most crucial phone call of the film to play out in a different room while the camera follows Romeo’s lover elsewhere. The
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Throwing the stone by Anne-Katrin Titze

Cristian Mungiu on Cannes Artistic Director Thierry Frémaux: "The only thing he has doubts about is that it's too clear who throws the stone."

Scenes of delicate opacity haunt Graduation (Bacalaureat). At a police lineup, one of the suspects of an assault is hidden from our view by the back of the head of Eliza, the victim (Maria-Victoria Dragus). From a bus, her father Romeo (Adrian Titieni) sees someone and follows that specter into the night and crosses over to a neighborhood soaked in sounds of invisible people and dogs. In a scene of real horror, Eliza's boyfriend Marius (Rares Andrici) shows himself willing to go a step further.

Maria-Victoria Dragus as Romeo's daughter Eliza

Cristian Mungiu is a Cannes Film Festival favourite - Palme d'Or win for 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days; Best Screenplay for Beyond The Hills and Best Actress honors to Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan, and
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Graduation Review

Author: Stefan Pape

Since the turn of the 21st century, Romanian cinema has thrived, as a new wave of filmmakers crafting distinctively naturalistic, minimalist endeavours, mostly casting a harsh light into working class society. And they’ve been recognised too, with Child’s Pose taking home top prize at the Berlinale back in 2013, and Christian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days doing the same in Cannes by winning the Palme d’Or. The helmer of the latter production returns now with his latest picture Graduation, and it’s completely, both tonally, and narratively, within this same movement, as fans of the Romanian New Wave are sure to find plenty to admire about this nuanced character drama.

Adrian Titieni plays Romeo Aldea, a doctor who strives, tirelessly, to give his teenage daughter Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus) a life he never had, hoping she will pass her forthcoming exams and be granted a
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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.

Read More: The 20 Best Movies Of 2017 That We’ve Already Seen

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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Berlinale 2017: Ana, Mon Amour Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

Having picked up the Golden Bear with his preceding endeavour Child’s Pose, auteur Calin Peter Netzer returns to the Berlinale with Ana, Mon Amour – and while belonging to the quite remarkable Romanian New Wave, it’s a film that bears uncanny similarities to Blue Valentine, following a near-identical formula, different only in that the paramount relationship at the core of this narrative is flailing for different reasons. Even the male protagonist’s progressive hair loss is identical to Ryan Gosling’s in the Derek Cianfrance movie. Just shave it off mate.

The aforementioned, balding individual is Toma (Mircea Postelnicu), who falls hopelessly in love with Ana (Diana Cavallioti) – a likeminded student who shares a passion for literature. Coming from different social backgrounds, and with two sets of parents refusing to accept their child’s new partner, the hardest obstacle for the couple to overcome is Ana’s illness,
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Ana, Mon Amour’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Ana, Mon Amour’
There’s a lot of psychoanalysis in “Ana, Mon Amour,” the kind that ensures audiences understand the roots of certain behavior even though it’s fairly obvious without the shrink spelling it all out. Călin Peter Netzer’s follow-up to his Golden Bear winner “Child’s Pose” lacks that film’s directness and drive, and not only because this time he’s chosen to shuffle the sequence of events.

Chronicling the rocky relationship between a woman prone to sudden panic attacks and the man determined to stick by her, the film has a strong start but as it progresses, both characters make unconvincing personality about-faces even before they’ve lost the attractions they might once have had. Expectedly strong lensing and top-notch performances can’t prevent “Ana” from feeling like a long slog, which doesn’t help its international distribution prospects.

If you’re looking for Romanian cinema touchstones, they
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Glasgow Film Festival early bird highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

James Baldwin is voiced by Samuel L Jackson in Raoul Peck's Oscar nominated I Am Not Your Negro Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Kleber Mendonça Filho's Aquarius, starring Sônia Braga; Adrian Titieni and Maria-Victoria Dragus in Cristian Mungiu's Graduation (Bacalaureat); A Quiet Passion, directed by Terence Davies with Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson, and Raoul Peck's extraordinary documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, based on James Baldwin's 30 pages of notes for a book project titled Remember This House, which takes us on an American journey with the writings of Baldwin, are four highlights of this year's Glasgow Film Festival.

Graduation (Bacalaureat)


Who throws the first stone in Cristian Mungiu's latest Romanian tale is a mystery - the first of many. Romeo (Adrian Titieni), a doctor in the hospital of a provincial town wishes nothing more urgently than for his daughter Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus) to be
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The view from the mountain by Anne-Katrin Titze

Graduation (Bacalaureat) director Cristian Mungiu: "Everything in the film has a real level and a real explanation." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The director of Beyond The Hills, starring Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan, and Cannes Palme d'Or winner for 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days, explored his latest film with me when we met for a conversation at the 54th New York Film Festival. Graduation (Bacalaureat), co-produced by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, had its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival where he shared Best Director honors with Olivier Assayas.

Romeo (Adrian Titieni), a doctor in the hospital of a provincial town wishes nothing more urgently than for his daughter Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus) to be awarded a scholarship to Cambridge so that she can leave for "civilised" England. All Eliza has to do, is pass the graduation exams with her usual, excellent grades.

Marius (Rares Andrici), Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus) and Romeo
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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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Berlin Film Festival’s First Competition Section Films Revealed: Aki Kaurismaki, Oren Moverman and More

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Berlin Film Festival’s First Competition Section Films Revealed: Aki Kaurismaki, Oren Moverman and More
The 2017 Berlin Film Festival has revealed its first slate of 14 films for the Competition and Berlinale Special sections, including new work from Aki Kaurismaki (“The Man Without a Past”), Oren Moverman (“Time Out of Mind”) and Sally Potter (“Ginger & Rosa”). The festival will also screen a restored version of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 TV series “Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day.”

Read More: The 2016 Indiewire Berlin International Film Festival Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival

So far, ten films have been invited to screen in Competition, and four films have been selected for Berlinale Special. These productions and co-productions are from the United State, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Belgium, Poland, Senegal and more.

The 67th Berlin International Film Festival will run from February 9 through 19. Further films will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information, visit the official website.

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