TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE
Saturday, November 23
(2009, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Ioana Uricaru) Five outlandish urban takes capturing the strange reality of life during the Ceausescu era, ironically dubbed “The Golden Age.” 35mm. Approx. 150 min.
“A hearty satirical guffaw of gallows humor that illustrates how laughter helped buoy the spirits of an oppressed citizenry… Tales From the Golden Age was overseen by Cristian Mungiu, the director of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, the dour masterpiece about a young woman’s nightmarish search for an abortion, which is now viewed as a cornerstone of the Romanian New Wave. The director has called Tales a folk film, as opposed to a festival film like 4 Months.”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times