A witty and succinct set of urban myths from the hardscrabble years of Romanian communism.
This portmanteau contains five stories from the ‘Golden Age' of the Ceausescu regime. Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, MIFF 08) has written them all, though he shares directorial duties with four of his peers.
The tales include absurd preparations for an official visit, the side effects of using livestock as currency, the official doctoring of official photos and amateur forays into black market capitalism.
Some tales are melancholy and others are fast and funny, but the sum is a surprisingly coherent portrait of humanity at an inhumane time.
To recreate the confusion of life under communism, at each screening the producers select five from the total of six tales and show them in a random order.
Croatia, Bosnia, Germany, USA, 2008
Simmering enmities spark a fierce battle of wills in a wintry wasteland. ... Hasan is a Muslim who left Bosnia before the war. He now lives a life of ennui and private anxiety in bitterly cold North … More »
Bosnia, Germany, France, Iran, 2008
“Humanely wrought.” - Eye Weekly ... Snow takes place amid the ruins and the anguish that followed the Serbo-Bosnian conflict. An isolated Bosnian village of mostly women and children must contin… More »
A perilous black comedy. ... Serbia, 1993. A troupe of Belgrade actors takes a French farce on tour for a quick buck. The quaint Serbian towns the actors expect to find have become the scene of a civ… More »
A demented black comedy/fantasy populated with countless lusty women and a handful of pugilistic men. ... Having accidentally killed the last man in their village, two sisters are pledged to hunt for… More »
A surprising story of oppression told with remarkable access and clarity. ... When Albania broke with the USSR in 1960, Russians living there suddenly became personae non grata. Couples in mixed marr… More »