Festival de Cannes 70: Cristian Mungiu, 2012

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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Strolling backwards in time, you would not be forgiven for not seeking out some of the finest works in European cinema of the last 10 years – and a glass-shattering part of the Romanian new cinema movement. Cristian Mungiu picked up the Best Director award for Bacalaureat (Graduation) last year in Cannes, and back in 2007 won the prestigious Palme d’Or with 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days). Sandwiched between those coveted wins is another fascinating social drama from 2012, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills), which scooped double prize for Best Actress with his leads Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan both selected. Mungiu was awarded Best Screenplay too for his gritty, religious, occultist tale, an adaptation of orphan friends who appear to have gone their separate ways over the years. As always his narrative is unforgiving and raw, seemingly always brimming on the edge of the unknown, while not allowing you to take your eyes from the screen – even in many moments of little action.

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